Dani Alves denies wiping his nose on Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Dani Alves denies wiping his nose on Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid are coming with the rejuvenated Cristiano Ronaldo, the king of this competition.

We buy into it but truthfully it just masks over the reality that despite the millions invested in the team, Unai Emery's PSG are further away from winning the Champions' League than they ever were under the guidance of both Laurent Blanc and Carlo Ancelotti.

He has an impressive 62 goals too in that time but since returning from a calf injury in November, the 28-year-old has not been an automatic starter. Lassana Diarra, signed as an emergency backup to Motta with the Madrid match in mind, is 32 and has hardly played in the last 18 months.

The last time Los Blancos didn't score at least once in the Champions League was in the semi-finals of 2015/16, when Ronaldo wasn't present and when Manchester City kept them out.

"After the game, it's going to be difficult for one of the two teams, but that is football", admitted Zidane, one of France's most celebrated players.

Edinson Cavani's fortunate equaliser did briefly bring PSG level on the night after Marco Verratti was sent off following a second yellow card for dissent.

"It shows we need to keep working, we need more maturity", he said. "All the players are important here, which is what I look at".

The win moved coach Claudio Ranieri's Nantes up to fifth place, while Sala's 12th league goal equaled his tally for Nantes last season with nine games left.

But he does only create a chance from a corner less than 10 percent of the time.

However, that was short-lived as Casemiro's shot in the 80th minute took a slight deflection off Marquinhos to earn the win as Real made the quarter-finals for the eighth straight season.

A source close to PSG told ESPN FC that the club is trying to find about more about the incident before making any possible comment.

"There is no problem with him being on the bench - I spoke with him and he knows what it's about".

The day after the first leg in Madrid I read Adrien Rabiot's heartfelt Instagram post and for a few days I believed PSG would turn the tables in Paris. "The margin for error is minimal".

They have virtually conceded the Spanish title to Barcelona and have been knocked out of their domestic cup.

Paris-Saint Germain defender Dani Alves has denied wiping his nose on the shirt of Cristiano Ronaldo as his side bowed out of the Champions League last-16.

"Fais nous rêver!" read the huge red plastic banner unfurled just before kick-off, and even without Neymar, Unai Emery could field a team crammed with attacking talent.

The first half, though, failed to live up to the hype and, with PSG hunting two goals to go through, they needed an early strike.

Yet, shorn of the world's most expensive player, who is back in Brazil recuperating from a foot operation, they struggled to create chances, and the night will also be remembered for the stupidity of a section of their supporters.

Fit again, and seemingly finding form, Bale faces a fight not to be deployed only in Real's throwaway fixtures.

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