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14 Feb 2018

Real Madrid and PSG to lock horns in Champions League

Champions League: Real Madrid vs PSG preview

While most people across the globe will be celebrating Valentine's day on Wednesday, football fans will be glued to their seats for the most eye-catching contest of the year, Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain; Cristiano Ronaldo up against Neymar Jr.

The two heavyweights of club football will collide in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

Here is our pre-match report.

In context

Champions League: Real Madrid vs PSG preview
PSG have failed to go beyond quarter-finals in 7 years

Quarterfinal jinx

PSG have failed to go beyond quarter-finals in 7 years

PSG are seeking redemption, as a trip to Spain will bring back painful memories of last season.

After crushing Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg, the Parisians cracked under pressure and collapsed to a 6-1 defeat in the second leg at the Camp Nou.

The humiliation sparked the summer spending spree, which saw them add Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to their attacking ranks.

Some respite?

Real Madrid eye third successive UCL crown

Real Madrid, on the other hand, have won two back to back Champions League, but have endured a poor season compared to their high standards.

They are fourth on the La Liga table, 17 points behind leaders Barcelona. They even finished second in the group stage of Champions League.

On the other hand, PSG are table toppers with 12 points ahead of Monaco.

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Neymar is on song for PSG


Neymar is on song for PSG

Neymar Jr is in amazing goal-scoring form, having scored 27 goals in 27 games across all competitions.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, has had a poor start to his season but has hit top form just in time and has 23 goals in 28 matches.

Neymar, however, boasts a better assist tally with 14 to his name as compared to Ronaldo's 5.

4-time UCL winner

Cristiano Ronaldo is the man for Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo lives for high octane fixtures like these.

The Portuguese ace has scored 9 goals in the 6 group games, outscoring Neymar who has a haul of 6 goals.

Ronaldo has also taken a massive 188 shots at goal as compared to Neymar's 126 attempts, however, just 72 and 58 of them have been on target respectively.

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