'He knows where he is,' says Zidane after benching Bale again

'He knows where he is,' says Zidane after benching Bale again

Liverpool eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a goalless draw against Porto on Tuesday, completing a routine aggregate victory after their 5-0 first-leg win in Portugal.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday: "Neymar could play in all the clubs because he is very good, like many players".

Zidane is faced with some big decisions for the trip to Eibar, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos also pushing to return to his starting line-up after joining Bale on the bench for the midweek Champions League trip.

"He doesn't need to do anything else". Snubbed for Real's two biggest games of the season so far, the Welshman would appear to have reached a crossroads in his relationship with Zidane, whose explanation afterwards was brief but revealing. Where was our PSG that destroyed Celtic and Bayern Munich in September in two of the most deadliest, collective displays witnessed by the capital club in some time?

Without Neymar, who has been involved in four of the eight goals PSG have scored in the first 15 minutes of games, the likelihood of an early blow is reduced to 8.6 percent. It is a paradox of this cartoonishly inflated club that it has retained an authentically passionate core, both ends keeping up a relentless wall of noise throughout this game.

It meant the ex-Manchester United star has scored in every Champions League appearance this season. By the end his team of plastic galácticos were down to 10 men and if not quite in disarray, then tamed far too easily. In the Champions League, however, they somehow seem to sneak out victories.

Indeed, there are some who believe that Neymar is simply using Barcelona to get a move to Real Madrid.

In the aftermath, French sports newspaper L'Équipe ran the headline on Wednesday morning "Tout Ça Pour Ça" translated as "All that for that".

They levelled in the 71st minute when the ball deflected into the net off Cavani to give the home fans a glimmer of hope. "Losing to Real Madrid itself isn't a disappointment, but being knocked out in the last 16 is".

Of course, it's Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - and it's not the least bit surprising that they are stepping up at just the right time for their teams.

PSG are still stuck at a seemingly immovable roadblock on the road to European glory and regression has occurred over the past couple of seasons.

Brazil international Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222million deal in August.

This Paris outfit are under pressure to present an outstanding display to wow the faithfuls when Madrid come knocking tonight.

This season it was supposed to be different.

PSG now turn their attention to trying to increase their lead at the top of Ligue 1, when they face Mets at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

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