'He knows where he is,' says Zidane after benching Bale again

Real crushed PSG 5-2 on aggregate to book their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals but Bale was named as a substitute in both legs of the tie.

The Billionaires Club occasionally known as Paris Saint-Germain, but more commonly known as the Qatari Embassy in Europe, will not prevail in this season's Champions League.

"It was a perfect performance", said Zidane, who has led Madrid to the last two Champions League titles.

His likely replacement Angel Di Maria adds danger as he creates corners, with 31 so far this campaign, only behind Mbappe. "We enjoy the Champions League, we are focused and we are going to give 100 per cent throughout the tournament".

As ever the Parc des Princes had been a booming, boisterous concrete cavern before kick-off, bouncing with that familiar Parisian surge of noise.

"I do not want to convince anyone, everyone has their opinion, even when I win again, again, and again, because it's their opinion and I do not want to change that", Zidane said.

"We are relaxed about it. It is more of an issue outside the club than inside". However, Daniel Levy has made it abundantly clear to the French giants, under no circumstances will the Argentine boss be leaving Tottenham this summer.

One could perhaps say that Real Madrid have lady luck smiling on them when they play in the most prestigious competition of Europe-and in the first leg against PSG, we saw just that.


They will not prevail in the future either, as long as Ligue 1 remains less intimidating than a Dani Alves tackle.

PSG began with some purpose.

The lack of cohesion shown throughout the team was alarming and if truth be told, has worsened as the season has progressed.

PSG coach Unai Emery, who is under pressure a year after his side lost 6-1 at Barca in the last 16 following a 4-0 home win in the first leg, replaced holding midfielder Thiago Motta with the more creative Javier Pastore on the hour.

At times, it felt like the English club was going through the motions, especially since it faces a huge Premier League game against Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday. Instead Ronaldo received just a ticking-off.

In domestic football, PSG are greedy clownfish in a puddle of anchovies. Metz are bottom with 20 points, nine adrift of safety.

Last season, PSG almost signed 24-year-old Fabinho from Monaco, but the move fell through. His low shot was well saved by Areola. Similarly, Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 but it wasn't until 2012 when Chelsea finally tasted Champions League glory. Casemiro sent Madrid back ahead with a deflected effort over Areola in the 80th minute to seal PSG's fate. Six minutes after the break Ronaldo was given space and time to kill the tie with a goal made by some wonderful work from Marco Asensio. His contract runs out in June.

Marco Asensio has progressed from Bernabeu cult hero to accomplished performer on the international stage and Casemiro might be quietly morphing into one of the world's best in central midfield.


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