Zidane: Bale is still 'crucial' part of Read Madrid's plans

Ronaldo Congratulates Madrid Teammates On

Zinedine Zidane's future as coach may also be tied to them lifting the trophy in May.

In the final rehearsal before PSG, he was brave, bold and industrious. Both now appear to be more a part of Zidane's Plan B than A-listers.

But to do so he would have to win the Champions League - which is impossible this year with PSG. The team isn't constructed to compromise on the wings against a side like PSG. "We needed to win after going out".

Unai Emery said it was no shame to lose to Real Madrid. "Madrid deserved to go through".

Another thing of note is that the Blancos have been atrocious in the league at times. But his wastefulness in the first leg arguably contributed as much to the 3-1 defeat as the team's sloppy defending did. The changes added speed to Madrid's attack, which constantly threatened PSG.

Cavani's goal gave PSG some hope with 20 minutes left.

At a time when political bullies are turning into cartoonish Bond villains, it's somewhat reassuring that certain football bullies are failing. Was the glorious reign finally over? He got a second yellow card, having protested vehemently with referee Felix Brych after not getting a free kick.

Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentine who has turned English club Tottenham into a force to be reckoned with this year, is the latest name to emerge as a possible replacement.

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

Madrid ran out 2-1 winners on Tuesday night at Parc des Princes, winning 5-2 on aggregate and sealing a place in the quarter-finals. He had netted twice in the first leg.

Al-Khelaifi's beIN Sports owns the exclusive international distribution rights for television coverage of the French league, and the network is currently in the process of negotiating new deals around the world. Rabiot, inspired me, I ate it up, I was re-energised. Barcelona won the return 6-1. It wasn't easy, but we all played well.

"We are talking about the best player in the world", said Casemiro, the Madrid midfielder who scored the team's second goal in Paris.

The goal had come from an error by Dani Alves initially, and it completely punctured PSG and the atmosphere.

After a fairly even first half, Ronaldo headed wide early in the second half - a warning sign.

If the insipid display from PSG's attacking all-stars against Real Madrid is anything to go by, they certainly have a lot of work to do to catch Europe's elite. "We closed them down high up the pitch".

Real Madrid are coming with the rejuvenated Cristiano Ronaldo, the king of this competition. The header to open the scores in Paris was his 117th Champions League goal, extending a remarkable record.

Despite the fact that it took them 12 years to go from 9 Champions League titles to 10, they have won three in the last four seasons.

Video footage appeared to show Alves rubbing his nose with his fingers and then wiping them on Ronaldo's sleeve.

It was Real who ended up opening the scoring after 51 minutes.

Now, a member of European soccer's royalty can look forward to the draw for the quarterfinals on March 16.

"It's not about rest".

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