Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Marcelo: Neymar Will Join Madrid

Marcelo: Neymar Will Join Madrid

He may be beginning his decline, but there is life in him yet, especially in the Champions League, a competition he has won four times before.

Striker Edinson Cavani believes PSG are still growing and should not be under pressure to win the Champions League.

The Brazilian will come up against the current Ballon d'Or victor and all-time Champions League top scorer Ronaldo.

Former Barcelona forward Neymar will be back on enemy territory in different colours on Wednesday, attempting a smash-and-grab raid on his old rivals, but this time for PSG.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva conceded he "does not know" if fellow Brazilian Neymar will join Real Madrid this summer.

(1) Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League GOAT, and Cristiano Ronaldo is back.

Visitors PSG approach the game in relatively good form, having beaten Toulouse 1-0 at the weekend in a result which extended their lead at the top of the French league to 12 points.

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It is set to be a mouthwatering clash as the La Liga side have struggled to keep up appearances as defending champions of both Europe and Spain this season - now 17 points behind Barcelona and having finished second in their Champions League group behind Tottenham Hotspur. Emery said: "We want to keep growing".

Well off the pace in LaLiga, Madrid's sole remaining hope of capturing significant silverware this season comes in Europe, as Zinedine Zidane's side look to lift the famous trophy for the third time in succession.

If Real can sustain another Champions League challenge and Portugal go deep into World Cup, then expect Ronaldo to be there or thereabouts again when the Goal 50 returns at the end of the calendar year.

This experienced Cameroon worldwide has been in sparkling form for Porto this season and scored five goals in the Champions League group stages.

And ahead of Wednesday's first tie with PSG in Madrid, the Champions League's all-time leading goalscorer said: "We are going to play against a great team with excellent players, which we respect very much".

"I don't need to remember that letter to be motivated against them".

"I'm only thinking about the game as it's the only thing we can control so we're focusing on preparing for the game and we'll see what happens". Hence, the Round of 16 match against Unai Emery's side is a crucial match that will dictate the tone of Madrid's European campaign this season.

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