Real Madrid VS PSG – LIVE Reddit Soccer 09/03/2022
Real Madrid will welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 fixture, well aware that a huge challenge lies ahead of them. Real Madrid put in one of their worst performances of the season in the first leg at Parc des Princes and had to be thankful to Thibaut Courtois for making sure that the tie ended in just a 1-0 defeat. Since then, though, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have found some semblance of form, racking up three wins in a row in La Liga, most recently defeating Real Sociedad 4-1 over the weekend.
PSG will again be without former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, although he will be travelling with the squad to the Spanish capital. Les Parisiens were given a major scare when star man Kylian Mbappe picked up an injury in training on Monday. However, the 23-year-old has recovered and is set to be available. Los Blancos will know that they will have to take the game to their opponents if they wish to stand a chance to overturn the deficit and go through to the next round. Failure to do so may very well end up costing Ancelotti his job, despite Real Madrid leading the La Liga title race.
Meanwhile, PSG come into the game after tripping up twice in their last three matches. Since the well-deserved win against Real Madrid, Les Parisiens have lost to Nantes and more recently to OGC Nice on either side of a victory over Saint-Etienne. Mauricio Pochettino will be under pressure to ensure that his team does not slip up at the Bernabeu and goes through to the next round. The big news for Real Madrid is that Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde are back in the squad after missing the weekend La Liga clash with injuries. However, they will have to cope without the services of key men Casemiro and Ferland Mendy, both of whom are suspended for the tie.
Carlo Ancelotti will have some major calls to make in the midfield department, given that Casemiro is absent and Kroos might not be 100% fit. Despite that, the Italian tactician is likely to go in with the seasoned midfielder for this titanic clash. The German international should have Luka Modric and the hard-working Valverde for support. Eduardo Camavinga, who impressed at the weekend, will likely miss out.
Dani Carvajal was torn to shreds in the first leg by Kylian Mbappe and will need to up his game at right-back. Eder Militao and David Alaba should pair up at the heart of the Real Madrid backline, with Nacho coming in at left-back in place of Mendy. The other possibility could be to shift Alaba out on the left and field Nacho alongside Militao. Marcelo is unlikely to start as PSG could exploit his lack of defensive nous. Up top, Karim Benzema is a certain starter in the No. 9 role for Real Madrid. Having had a stinker in Paris in the first leg, he will be looking to redeem himself on Wednesday night. Marco Asensio and Vinicius Junior should get the nod on either flank, with Rodrygo Goes and Eden Hazard options from the bench.
PSG take a narrow 1-0 lead into the 2nd leg of their Champions League tie with Real Madrid, and now it’s the Spanish side’s turn to enjoy the most of the home advantage. Real are the current favourites to win on Wednesday night but there really isn’t much between the two sides in the latest set of odds and we’re expecting a tight and tense 90-minutes in the Spanish capital.
We’re backing against both teams scoring on Wednesday as the 1st leg only produced a solitary goal for PSG and we expect the reverse fixtures to be equally as close and competitive. Both teams have scored in just one of Real’s and three of PSG’s last six outings in all competitions with the Spanish side keeping four clean sheets during that period. Last month’s encounter between Real Madrid and PSG produced under 2.5 goals and we’re expecting more of the same from Wednesday’s clash. Fewer than three goals have also been scored in four of Real Madrid’s last six outings in all competitions, as well as in three of PSG’s last five fixtures.
Real Madrid fell behind at home to Real Sociedad after 10-minute but recovered really well and won the game with relative ease in the end. Camavinga equalised in the 40th-minute and just 3-minutes after that, Modric put Real 2-1 in front. In the second half, Benzema converted a 76th-minute penalty and Asensio added a 4th-goal 11-minutes from time to wrap up a 4-1 victory. Real Madrid have a little bit of work to do following that 1-0 defeat in Paris and can’t afford to concede the first goal on Wednesday.
Real Madrid will attempt to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit when Paris Saint-Germain pay a visit to the Santiago Bernabeu for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night.
Kylian Mbappe struck a sensational winner with 94 minutes on the clock at the Parc des Princes last month, and here Sports Mole rounds up the team news for both clubs.