Rabiot rues first-leg errors as PSG exit Europe

By then, Bale will hope to have played his way back into favour. "We're angry. We'll think about what we need to do". After all, they are "a team of Champions", as he put it. All the money in the world can't buy you the history Real Madrid have in the competition and their ability to bring the noise when the its needed most.

Ronaldo administered the killer blow with a 51st minute header at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday that saw PSG's chances of pulling back a two-goal defeat from the first leg vanishing into the smoke from supporters' flares.

Messi has scored 32 goals in 41 matches for Spanish-league leader Barcelona this season, while Ronaldo has 31 from 33 for two-time defending Champions League champion Madrid. First half was so dour from a spectator point of view. "We tried but we couldn't do it". We showed a lot of identity.

The club appears to have regressed under coach Unai Emery. The Portugal forward has scored in every Champions League match this season, reaching 12 goals in eight matches, five more than his closest challengers. His contract runs out in June.

In reality, another adverse result will be met with little more than a shrug within the Real hierarchy. The biggest bang from this PSG side was from the fireworks constantly let off by a section of fans behind one goal. If he'd passed more, PSG might have sneaked a 3-3 draw. "We're happy to have progressed but we haven't done anything yet".


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

Elimination will be costly.

"To be eliminated in the last 16 is a disappointment, but to lose against Real is not". Even when Blanc was in charge, he repeatedly warned Verratti to hold his temper. This has echoes of the great Real Madrid side of the 1950s - except that today's team are winning a competition which is far harder to win. "After the sending-off and the second goal, it got more difficult for them". Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the tournament with 117. Despite the scoreboard reading 0-0, not one of his teammates suggested he hurry up.

Indeed, there are some who believe that Neymar is simply using Barcelona to get a move to Real Madrid. He was gifted the ball after midfielder Adrien Rabiot dealt poorly with Lucas Vazquez's cross.


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