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PSG v Real Madrid: UCL Match Preview

PSG will look to overturn a 3-1 deficit in their Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid.

Angel Di Maria is set to replace injured Neymar.

The world’s most expensive player had an operation on Saturday in Belo Horizonte on a small fracture to a metatarsal in his right foot and is now recovering with the aim of being back towards the end of the season.

Di Maria is likely to start for PSG against his former club, alongside Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani in a front three at the Parc des Princes.

PSG manager Unai Emery said: “When one player is missing, it opens the door for someone else, and I know that whoever comes in through that door will do so with all their force.”

Midfield duo Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have both been struggling with injury for Madrid, although they travelled to the French capital with the rest of Zidane’s squad on Monday.

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  • PSG have eliminated Real Madrid in their two previous knockout encounters (1992/93 UEFA Cup, 1993/94 Cup Winners Cup), both times in the quarter-finals.
  • However, Real Madrid are unbeaten in their three previous Champions League encounters with PSG (W2 D1), conceding only one goal.
  • Real Madrid are the last team to stop PSG from scoring at the Parc des Princes in European competition, that was in October 2015 (0-0).
  • Under Zidane, Real Madrid have won 11 of their 15 Champions League knockout games (D2 L2), lifting the trophy twice in as many seasons.

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