Real Madrid’s comprehensive 5-2 win over Real Sociedad boosted confidence ahead of Champions League last-16 showdown with Paris Saint-Germain
1. 5th consecutive away match for Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain will travel to Madrid for their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match in what is their fifth consecutive away trip in just 15 days, as they look to build on a rock-solid campaign which started from Group stages and are completely capable of causing an upset at the Santiago Bernabeu. They have been in great shape and although Unai Emery’s men still have a lot to prove and it can start from Spain.
2. Real Madrid look to compensate on a pretty ordinary season of LaLiga
Real Madrid have struggled for consistency across the competitions but the team is known to throw surprises. They have bagged wins over APOEL Nicosia (3-0) and Borussia Dortmund (3-2) earlier this season, as well as a thrilling 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, regularly scoring but also conceding goals in the process. Despite a poor performance in the domestic league, Los Blancos cannot be ruled out as favourites for the Champions League title.
3. PSG wary of poor record against Spanish sides
The only thing not in favour of Unai Emery’s side ahead of the epic clash is their history with Spanish teams. Of their last twelve encounters against Spanish sides in the UEFA Champions League, the Paris outfit has been victorious only thrice, 2-1 win over Valencia in 2013, coupled with a pair of 3-2 and 4-0 victories over Barcelona in 2014 and 2017 respectively. They’ve lost a total of five games in that run, including the momentous 6-1 defeat to the Barca last year. The tame 1-0 loss to Galacticos in 2015 could be considered as mere bad luck, as the French giants had thoroughly outplayed their Madrid counterparts. But as a matter of fact, each of their last four trips to Spain has ended in a defeat. So PSG’s overall record against Spanish remains woeful and that may provide the hosts with a slight psychological advantage.
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