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Ronaldo & Real show why they're champions to leave PSG project in peril

Ronaldo & Real show why they're champions to leave PSG project in peril

It's one thing to praise him for stripping his game down to its essentials, for adapting to the ageing process, but there comes a point at which he is so uninvolved in the game that, even with his remarkable propensity for goals, he becomes a hindrance (even if his ruthlessness offered a nice counterpoint to Neymar's look-at-me fripperies). Many feel PSG are morally bankrupt for the petro-dollars they have lavished on their project, but none of that will matter if they conquer Europe.

"Perfect to score just before half-time as we knew Paris are a very dangerous team, especially up front with the three forwards they have", he said.

When a club have spent over €400 million to assemble a side hell-bent on Champions League riches, you expect to be left with more than a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine long before the climax in Kiev. PSG had appeared content to stick with what they had, failing again on the big occasion just as they had against Barcelona last season, throwing away the 4-0 lead they had earned exactly a year earlier on February 14, 2017.

PSG were early favourites for the title, Real (and Ronaldo) were going through one of the worst slumps in recent memory. "[About Ronaldo] it is difficult to say the same thing every day".

The most-hyped round-of-16 tie in living memory experienced an interminable build-up. It was not the perfect result, but given the circumstances of the night, it was a dream scenario for Real.

The hosts started well too, while Neymar struggled, slipping when one pass was aimed towards him, complaining as a Luka Modric challenge sent him to the floor and picking up a yellow card for a foul on Nacho. Emery is a manager who has never gone beyond the last 16 in five attempts at the Champions League.

Adrien Rabiot opened the scoring for the visitors but Los Blancos hit back with a Cristiano Ronaldo brace and a late goal from Marcelo.

After Rabiot's opener, Ronaldo struck from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time before putting his team ahead with seven minutes remaining. "He has always shown he can make the difference".

"This club has 12 Champions Leagues, and there is a reason for that", Zidane said.

"It was a very important victory". This, perhaps, was a glimpse into a future in which elite clubs, focused more on marketing and the generation of revenue than the pursuit of a coherent footballing philosophy, gather together elite players and throw them out onto the pitch to perform without any thought as to whether they can play together.

The change was almost instant as Madrid gained enough of the key possession with Asensio providing the deliveries for Madrid to unearth two goals.

"But then the Frenchman pulled the rabbit of out his hat and introduced two of the more attack-minded players he has with Lucas Vazquez on the right and Marco Asensio on the left". We have a good advantage for the return thanks to those two late goals.