Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Real Madrid travel to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering Group A encounter where they have been drawn alongside Galatasaray and Club Brugge.
This fixture marks the beginning of a tough September for Los Blancos with league meetings against Atletico Madrid and Sevilla to follow. They recorded a nervy 3-2 win over Levante in La Liga thanks to a double from Karim Benzema and Casemiro.
PSG have struggled against Madrid in this competition in recent meetings collapsing 5-2 on aggregate a few seasons back. They however stand a great chance to finish in the top two this time round.
Neymar who was the talk of the summer transfer window following a possible move to Madrid is unavailable for this fixture as he serves a 3-game suspension for criticizing a referee in last season’s competition.
Uruguayan Edison Cavani who had been initially ruled off for this match is likely to start with Frenchman Kylian Mbappe recovering from a muscle injury.
Real coach Zinedine Zidane faces a headache with Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Luka Modric and Isco Alarcon out with injuries while Sergio Ramos and Nacho are suspended for the trip to Paris.
Goalkeeepers Keylor Navas and Areola go against their parent clubs after a summer swap deal that saw Navas join the French outfit with Areola going in the opposite direction.
Head to head:
Real Madrid have dominated this fixture in 3 of the last 4 meetings.
PSG to win