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Champions: Real Madrid try to come back over PSG, and Manchester City ‘complete the table’ with Sporting | Champions League

the moment of truth has come. Real Madrid e Paris Saint Germain make this Wednesday the second game of the confrontation for the round of 16 of the Champions League, with the French team in advantage. The other match of the day is between Manchester City and Sporting, and the English team only fails to advance in the event of a historic upset.

Follow the bids of the two games from 17:00 (Brasília time), in real time on give.

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Champions League Round of 16: Real Madrid vs PSG, Manchester City vs Sporting — Photo: Infografia ge

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Despite Messi’s missed penalty, PSG won the first leg 1-0, thanks to Mbappé’s great goal. If Real win by just one goal, the match at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium will go into extra time. There is no longer a tie-breaking criterion for an away goal.

The Spanish team will not be able to count on two important starting pieces: left-back Mendy and midfielder Casemiro, both suspended. Midfielder Toni Kroos was listed, but not confirmed by coach Carlo Ancelotti.

“We can’t go crazy. We have to win, not win. Just win a game. It doesn’t matter if we score at the end of the game. And win. There are a lot of things around a match like this. The mental aspect, the ambition we have, the support of the fans… I would highlight the mental aspect. I see the team well, motivated and calm. Tomorrow the best will play – commented the coach, in a press conference.

On the way out we saw the best PSG. Let’s see the best Real Madrid. ”

— Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach

O Paris Saint Germain in recent days there has been fears that Mbappé, his main player and top scorer of the season with 24 goals, would not recover from the blow he suffered in training on Monday. But the French forward traveled to Madrid and took part in the activity at the Bernabéu.

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Mbappé and Neymar during PSG training at the Santiago Bernabéu – Photo: Getty Images

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Having overcome the recent injury to his left ankle, Neymar returned to play for PSG in the very first match of that confrontation, entering the second half. Since then he has played five games, without so much brilliance. Better stage than this Wednesday’s for that, maybe there won’t be.

“It’s a game everyone wants to play. We have to enjoy every minute of these matches. I’m focused on working and helping the team. I am happy, content, and I will give myself completely. We are ready and we will give everything to win – commented Neymar, transmitting confidence.

City with one foot in the quarterfinals

If in Neymar’s opinion the confrontation between Real Madrid and PSG have “50% favoritism for each side”, the same does not apply to the clash between Manchester City and Sporting. The English team thrashed 5-0 in Lisbon e will only be eliminated in normal time if they suffer a defeat by six or more goals difference.

As if that weren’t enough, City arrive motivated by the 4-1 rout over rival Manchester United in last weekend’s derby, by the Premier League. The only downside is the amount of embezzlement.

According to coach Pep Guariola, only 14 players are available. Since the recently injured defender Rúben Diaspassing by the side João Cancelo (ill), to the suspended Kyle Walker.

— We don’t have many players, we have some problems. Of course we got an incredible result in the first leg, 5-0, but nothing is resolved. Football is unpredictable. That score is not the reality of the difference between the teams. I have a lot of respect for the work that Sporting has been doing,” Guardiola said at a press conference.

On the sides of the Portuguese team, coach Rúben Amorim considers the confrontation already defined, but guarantees that Sporting will fight for the victory.

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