Gareth Bale moves to 'Plan B' for Zidane's Real Madrid

Carrie Guzman
March 9, 2018

The trident of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano has, for possibly the first time since them being brought together, lost its non-negotiable status, and it's the Welshman who looks most likley to miss out. They didn't do so well at home, but that's also because we did very well. Having broken a toe in a league match against Marseille, the 222-million-euro signing watched the game in Brazil where he is recovering from surgery.

Real's Sergio Ramos and midfielder Mateo Kovacic reflected on their side's love affair with the Champions League.

Zinedine Zidane has tipped world football's transfer fees to reach eye-watering new levels amid reports Real Madrid are considering a mega-money move for Neymar.

Marquinhos said after the defeat: "I asked him to stay and let things settle down". We play at home, eh? "It's time we showed up again", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said after his team secured a place in the last eight for the first time in nine years.

That strategy will be tested in April, given Real host city rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga, the weekend before their quarter-final second leg. "We didn't do what we needed to do to win", he said.

"Despite the equaliser, it did not change anything for us". However Emery remained defiant, insisting there was no shame in losing to the European champions.

The Argentina forward has scored five goals in his last five matches, including the lone strike in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League.

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However, it could be said that they lack the competitiveness of a bigger league to prepare them for the Champions League knockout stage.

"I'm sure this team can win the Champions League".

Ronaldo scored for the ninth Champions League game in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy's record in the competition, before PSG striker Edinson Cavani equalised with 19 minutes left.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro celebrate after their second goal on Tuesday.

The Ligue 1 leaders were missing the injured Neymar at Parc des Princes, the Brazil global having suffered a broken metatarsal.

Real have won the competition for the last two seasons, and are desperate to make history and claim their third on the bounce.

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