Dani Alves denies wiping his nose on Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Toni Kroos (knee) and Luka Modric (thigh) could return for Real after spells on the sidelines.

A repeat of that famous comeback would be the biggest result for PSG since the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011, after four straight quarterfinal eliminations and then a humiliating loss in Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago.

Meanwhile, a professional performance from Real will lift the pressure on Zinedine Zidane, who is under pressure in Madrid despite winning the last two Champions League trophies with Los Blancos.

It has not worked, with Neymar left watching Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes that sealed PSG's fate from Brazil, where he is recovering from a foot operation. In this match, he may use Casemiro, Kovacic and Isco or Asensio to move the ball forward.

The visitors had another chance in the 38th when Karim Benzema's curled shot was saved by Areola.

Edinson Cavani's deflected goal soon after Verratti's dismissal sparked brief hopes of a comeback for PSG, but the hosts were stretched and Casemiro's late goal - courtesy of another deflection - saw Real progress comfortably with a 5-2 aggregate victory. "He will make decisions based on what he sees and what his conscience tells him", said Emery.

The day after the first leg in Madrid I read Adrien Rabiot's heartfelt Instagram post and for a few days I believed PSG would turn the tables in Paris.

Could Neymar be on his way to Manchester United this summer
GETTY Could Neymar be on his way to Manchester United this summer

"When I came here I said I was sure this team can win the Champions League".

German referee Felix Brych had to stop the game on two occasions due to the excessive amount of smoke on the pitch from the flares, harming the visibility of officials and players.

Especially critical are the first 15 minutes of the first half, when it is most likely to see a goal from either team. "There are no worries", sporting director Antero Henrique told L'Equipe last weekend.

Some key players are entering their 30s and won't be at their peak for much longer, while those in their early-to-mid 20s may consider their options elsewhere.

The Spanish paper claim the 26-year-old misses his former teammates, and has admitted he was stubborn about coming out of Leo Messi's shadow. What b--, in fact, what bullshit. "We have time to think about that", said Al-Khelaifi on Tuesday.

PSG scores for fun in France but doing so in the big Champions League games proved to be an altogether different matter.