BY: Oma Akatugba
Ahead of tonight’s crunch UEFA Champions League game between Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain, former Bayern Munich manager has come out to say, it is difficult to stop the attacking duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Carlo, who once coached Real Madrid to lift the UEFA Champions League in the year 2013/2014 season said while speaking with journalists after Bayern Munich lost to PSG in the group stage of the competition: “It is very difficult to stop a player like Mbappe, and when they have a player like Neymar and space to show what their quality, it is more difficult to control them”
The Italian tactician got sacked a day after this press conference but his words on that night could be valuable for Real Madrid who would try to stop the marauding front three of Mbappe, Neymar and Cavani. PSG scored 25 goals in the group stage of the competition and topped their group ahead of German Champions, Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid are without young central defender Jesus Vallejo, while full-back Dani Carvajal suspended.
PSG’s Hatem Ben Arfa is sidelined with a groin strain, with experienced Brazilian Dani Alves walking a suspension tightrope and will be banned for the second leg if he is booked at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid (4-3-3) Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Paris St Germain (4-3-3) Areola; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Kurzawa; Veratti, Lo Celso, Rabiot; Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar
Referee Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)