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Issok: PSG ready for Real Madrid - Emery

14 February 2018

The Champions League returns this week and the tie of the round sees Real Madrid host Paris Saint-Germain in the opening leg of their last-16 clash on Wednesday.

It is set to be a mouthwatering clash as the La Liga side have struggled to keep up appearances as defending champions of both Europe and Spain this season - now 17 points behind Barcelona and having finished second in their Champions League group behind Tottenham Hotspur.

"They are a great team regardless of the circumstances, but they always perform at their best in this competition - it's totally different from league competition". Simply, we need to be able to play our game, try to maintain control when we are not on the ball and stay focused.

"We have not talked about it a lot but we have spoken very clearly about what happened", Emery said at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday ahead of the last-16 first leg. The Brazilian star has scored plenty of goals and assists with PSG this season but reports have recently said that he is unhappy with how things have gone at the club.

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Defeat to the French team, who will line up with former Madrid targets Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in their starting 11, would effectively end Madrid' s season and with Zidane already under pressure, it could probably mean he is not at the club next season or even before then.

He signed a deal with PSG until 2022.

Klopp insists his side can compete with the continent's elite, having beaten "Europe's strongest football team" Manchester City 4-3 in the Premier League in January. "We should count on our attacking line, especially (Cristiano) Ronaldo used to shine in the hard moments", Sakr added.

Asked about the prospect of Neymar leaving to join Madrid, the centre-back told Canal+: "I don't know".

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Paris have of course been in Spain since that game in 2015, and will never forget the 6-1 humiliation they suffered in Barcelona at the same stage of last year's Champions League. We will play against the most successful side in the competition's history with 12 wins, and against the top scorer in the history of the competition. "Obviously it is the best competition, but for me the league is very important".

"I can not say anything".

Real Madrid are a risky animal given they have been distanced in La Liga and have only the Champions League to play for as they chase a fourth trophy in the competition in the space of five seasons.

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