Real Madrid-PSG: 5 reasons to believe Zizou's men can progress

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Real Madrid-PSG: 5 reasons to believe Zizou's men can progress

Real Madrid-PSG: 5 reasons to believe Zizou's men can progress

EMILIO COBOS

Madrid haven't lost a Champions League game at home since 2015 and Zidane has yet to be eliminated from the competition as head coach of the side.

Despite an indifferent season so far for Real Madrid supporters in both LaLiga and in the Copa del Rey, there is sufficient ground to believe that Zidane's side have enough to be in the quarter final draw set for March 16.

The Bernabéu, a European fortress

Madrid have not lost at the Bernabéu in the Champions League since German side Schalke 04 recorded a 3-4 win on March 10th, 2015 as the home side progressed despide the negative result. Since that date, the men in white have played in 17 UCL ties, winning 14 and drawing just three with the likes of Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and even PSG (in the 2015/16 Group stage) having visited the Bernabeu. An haul of 47 goals for and just 11 conceded is an impressive balance for the Spanish side.

Cristiano gets his groove back

Bagging a hat-trick at the weekend against Real Sociedad will have done wonders for Cristiano Ronaldo's morale who now looks forward to getting back on track in the one competition where he has never lost the appetite for hitting the target. During the group stage the player from Madeira struck on nine occasions over the course of the six matches

CRISTIANO RONALDO

An in-form Modric

Luka Modric is Real Madrid's metronome in the centre of the park as he dictates the rhythm of play for the side. He also delivered a sterling performance last weekend at the Bernabeu against Real Sociedad and everything points to the Croatian starting alongside Casemiro and Kroos for the visit of PSG. A solid performance from Modric could be fundamental in deciding the outcome over two legs for Zidane's men.

Luka Modric of Real Madrid

Zidane is 'Míster Champions'

Zinedine Zidane has yet to be eliminated form the Champions League. Two seasons participating in Europe's biggest club competition and two titles for the Frenchman so far. There have been narrow escapes along the way with tight affairs against the likes of Wolfsburg, Roma, Bayern, Atlético and Manchester City in that time but as of today, over two legs the French coach remains undefeated in European football.

Zinedine Zidane

Support from the bench

Two solid performances from both Asensio and Lucas Vázquez at the weekend in the Real Sociedad game give ground for optimism. Both players are unlikely to start against the Ligue 1 side but could be used in the second half to bring a different dynamic to proceedings. In a two-legged affair that is set to be a closely tested affair, bringing on quality players could be fundamental in tipping the balance one way or another. Both Lucas Vázquez, Asensio and indeed Isco have enough ability, skill and creativity to make a difference from the bench.

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