Bale is a 'fundamental player' for Real Madrid — Zidane

Embattled Emery still believes in PSG blueprint

The videos, the hashtags, the countdowns to kick off. We watch them, we digest them, we feel energised, it gives us belief, it makes us dream.

Paris Saint-Germain's vast outlay on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, which will eventually total a reported $484 million, was meant to herald the start of the French club's European domination.

"This year we belong there to be honest, it should not be a big surprise and the next round will be very difficult".

Neymar Jr. is still on Real Madrid's radar with the Spanish club now aware of the outlay they will need to pay in order to secure the Brazilian striker's services.

The club appears to have regressed under coach Unai Emery.

Despite spending since Qatar's takeover exceeding the $1 billion mark, he has now watched the club he presides over fail to make the semifinals of the competition he so desperately wants to win for a sixth consecutive season.

He said much the same after last year's humiliating elimination by Barcelona, when PSG made history by becoming the first team eliminated after winning the first leg 4-0. If the captain is returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday, he, too, has some atoning to do. I was surprised and angry. Alves flopped against Madrid and at 34 his best days are gone.

The Ultras were also on hand to welcome the PSG squad to their prematch hotel, the Renaissance in Rueil-Malmaison, where they spent the night together before the game.

Thiago Motta is 35 and injury-prone. He also didn't expect the level of Ligue 1 to be so inferior to La Liga.

"We will keep fighting until the end because in football everything can happen".

"Neymar went for money, full stop".

Hindered by FFP rules, PSG probably can't buy him without selling.

Some sought-after players, such as midfielder Marco Verratti, might leave. "That's the rule of the game". So today I am a better tactician than Emery?

"I´m not going to talk about a player that is not mine".

Since the acquisition of Gareth Bale in 2013 the LaLiga club have not signed a player of "Galáctico" proportions and the club have identified Neymar as the key player to lead the front line in a post-Cristiano Ronaldo era at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He slalomed his was through City's defence before cutting a reverse ball for Michael Lang to fire home.

The former Sevilla coach, however, is not getting worried about the possibility of being fired by PSG at the end of the campaign.

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