UCL Round of 16 Clash : Real Madrid vs PSG


It’s time for the much-awaited return leg fixture between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-German. This fixture is expected to be filled with a lot of drama and excitement. The Parisians hold a slender lead of 1 goal thanks to Kylian Mbape who scored a late extra-time goal in the first leg played at Parc des Princes.

Real Madrid is in a great run of form after their disappointing show in the first leg. In the first leg, Madrid was completely outplayed by the Parisians. They gathered 3 wins out of 3 in their last 3 games. In their last game, they came from behind 0 – 1 to end the match in 4 -1. Los Blancos enjoy an unbeaten run of 13 games at Santiago Bernabeu so it would not be an easy cakewalk for the Parisians.


PSG is not enjoying a great run of form after outplaying Los Blancos in the first leg they managed to gather only 1 win out of their previous 3 matches. They lost their matches against Nantes and Nice. They look altogether a different side without their talismanic man Kylian Mbappe which was visible in their last match against Nice as he was suspended for the night. 



Real Madrid would be without Casemiro and Ferland Mendy as they have been suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards. Federico Valverde is expected to take the slot of Casemiro as Nacho Fernandez is expected to fill the slot kept vacant by Mendy. Toni Kroos has recovered from the hamstring niggle and his position would be assessed by Carlo Ancelotti before the match if he is not 100% fit Eduardo Camavinga is set to draft in his position.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup
Real Madrid Predicted Lineup


Mauricio Pochettino is in a bit of trouble as the spearhead of his attack Kylian Mbappe picked up a knock in the training session when Idrissa Gueye stepped in his left foot the injury is considered to be not so serious, let’s see if he can make it to the matchday playing 11 100% fit. Le Parisians would also be without Kurzawa, Ramos, and Ander Herrera as all are sidelined due to injury. The much-awaited homecoming of 2022 is being shattered due to injury but Ramos is expected to travel with the squad in order to boost the squad’s confidence. Achraf Hakimi has made it to the squad after recovering from his niggle.

PSG Predicted Lineup
PSG Predicted Lineup



Karim is the main man for Real Madrid after the departure of Ronaldo and he has proved it by scoring goals for fun. He is currently the leader in the Pichichi race with 20 goals as well as he is leading the assist chart with 10 assists for the 2021-22 La Liga campaign. Benzema has scored 5 goals in the champions league this season and would be eager to add to his tally on Wednesday.

Benzema (Real Madrid) vs Mbappe (PSG)
Benzema (Real Madrid) vs Mbappe (PSG)


What Benzema is to Real Madrid Mbappe is to PSG this season, although there is no shortage of big names in the PSG squad with the likes of Neymar and Messi. Neymar has been sidelined with injury for most of the season while Messi has been a mere shadow of what he was at Barcelona. Mbappe has been carrying PSG for this season and the team looks out of order without him such is the impact of Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe is only behind Ben Yedder in the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 14 goals in his account, also he is leading the assists chart with a tally of 10. With Kylian becoming a free agent this summer and reports being circulated showing all signs of him going to play at Santiago Bernabeu next season it would be excited to watch how the Bernabeu crowd greets their next Galactico signing although he would be playing for the opposition.


Playing in fully filled Santiago Bernabeu is not that easy Los Blancos would like to forget the devastating performance in the first leg and would like to maintain the unbeaten record of 13 games at the Santiago Bernabeu intact. We should expect an evenly contested game but keeping in mind the history of Los Blancos in this competition with home advantage in their favor it would not be a surprise if Los Blancos comes out with a win on the night.

Our Prediction: REAL Madrid 2 – 1 PSG   

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Ankit Biswas

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