?Real Madrid vs PSG match preview & lineups
Tonight Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain will lock horns together as Los Blancos will host the French champions at the Bernabeu on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League. Here is all you need to know about the match in advance:
The teams’ news
What is up with Real Madrid?
Real Madrid have started the competition facing PSG on Matchday 1 where they were beaten 3-0 by the French champions at the Parc des Princes. The match was held while Thomas Tuchel was without his entire first-choice front, which includes Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. The team continued the competition, facing Club Brugge where they drew the match in a 2-2 result and after that faced Galatasaray on Matchday three and four, beating the match both times.
PSG in details
On the other side of the pitch, there are PSG who are now in full-strength having their forward line back. The team is currently on top of group A with 12 points, while Real Madrid are second with seven points after four matches. As we have mentioned their first match in this competition was against Real Madrid where they thrashed them 3-0. Later they went against Galatasaray to beat them 1-0 before thrashing Club Brugge first with a 5-0 result and then on Matchday 4 with a 1-0 result.
Real Madrid absentees
In the case of the Real Madrid absentees, it has to be said that Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, and James Rodriguez all remain sidelined for Zidane’s side, while Nacho is a doubt.
On the other side of the pitch, the situation is better for PSG as Neymar and Mbappe are back. However, there are some doubts for the team. The list includes Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera, while Thilo Kehrer remains sidelined.
These are the facts worth mentioning from the history books:
This will be the 10th competitive meeting between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain and the sixth in the UEFA Champions League. Overall, Real Madrid have won four times, to PSG’s three while the two teams have two draws.
Real Madrid have won three of their four previous home games against Paris Saint-Germain in all competitions, losing the other clash in the Cup Winners’ Cup in March 1994 with a 0-1 result.
Paris Saint-Germain, who won 3-0 on Matchday 1 this season, will be looking to win consecutive matches against Real Madrid for only the second time in their history and for the first time since March 1994.
Real Madrid have won eight and lost none of their 11 UEFA Champions League home matches against French opposition, winning the last five such games in a row by an aggregate score of 15-1.
PSG have lost their last five UEFA Champions League away games against Spanish teams, their longest such losing run versus teams from a single nation in the competition.
Going through the star facts, it is good to mention that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has registered at least one win over 15 of the 18 managers he’s faced in the UEFA Champions League. One of the three he has not won over is the current PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, facing him more often without winning than any other manager. The two have faced three times where they drew two matches and lost the other.
PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas is yet to concede a goal in the UEFA Champions League for the club in four games. On only two previous occasions has a goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in his first five starts for a club in the competition. The first one was Navas himself for Real Madrid in 2015/16 and the second one was Miguel Ángel Moyá for Atlético Madrid in 2014.
No player has created more chances in the UEFA Champions League group stages than Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos this season, with the German also creating the most in the 2018-19 group stage. Kroos has also been involved in 37 open play sequences ending in a shot, more than any player in this season’s competition.
PSG striker Mauro Icardi has scored eight goals in his 10 UEFA Champions League appearances, scoring against five of the six teams he’s faced; the only team he hasn’t scored against are Real Madrid while they played one match against them. No player has ever faced as many as six teams and scored against every opponent, with the record currently held Milinko Pantic, who scored against all four opponents in 1996-97 for Atlético Madrid.
Real Madrid’s Rodrygo became the second youngest ever UEFA Champions League hat-trick scorer as he did it when he was 18 years and 301 days old in their 6-0 win over Galatasaray on MD4, with only Raúl scoring one at a younger age. Raul did his Hat-trick when he was 18 years and 113 days old where he did it for Real Madrid against Ferencvaros in 1995.
Neymar, who has featured in just six games for PSG this season, managed 65 minutes in the 2-0 win over Lille on Friday that extended Thomas Tuchel's side's lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 11 points.
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Hazard, Benzema, Rodrygo.
PSG: Navas, Meunier, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat, Verratti, Marquinhos, Gueye, Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria.
Real Madrid Key men
Karim Benzema is the best striker Real Madrid could have, who also plays for the France national team. This season he has played in 12 matches for the team scoring 10 and assisting four times.
PSG Key men
Mauro Emanuel Icardi is Paris Saint-Germain’s striker who also plays for the Argentina national team. This season he has been involved in seven matches, scoring six times and assisting once.
Date: Tuesday, 26 November
Time: 21:00 CET
Venue: Santiago Bernabéu
Referee: Artur Dias
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