PSG have learned from Barca capitulation in 2017 Champions League

PSG have learned from Barca capitulation in 2017 Champions League
From ESPN - February 13, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists his team have learned from last year's Champions League capitulation to Barcelona and are ready to face Real Madrid in the round of 16 on Wednesday.

PSG play the first leg against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday and the Spaniard told a prematch press conference on Tuesday that he wants to see his players show how much they have grown since allowing Barcelona to overturn a 4-0 deficit in the second leg to eliminate Emery's side.

"We view this match as an opportunity," said Emery. "We want to develop. We are enthusiastic, we want to progress, and this Real clash gives us the opportunity to do that.

"Perhaps preparation began last year (post-Remontada) and this experience can help us in a positive way. There has been talk of this and the circumstances that have surrounded this match. The team learned a lot and is now ready to play at this level."

Emery rubbished the idea that Real might not line up with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema from the start on Wednesday and declared that he expects to see all three of Los Blancos' star men from the off.

"I am expecting the best Real," the Basque tactician said. "I imagine that Real will send out their strongest XI with all of their big guns -- you cannot picture one of their three top stars not starting.

"They can change things up because of their different types of players. We have worked on all different possible Real scenarios."

Emery admitted that it is between Lassana Diarra and Giovani Lo Celso to fill the void left by Thiago Motta in defensive midfield, but revealed that none of his players will be told the starting XI until the day of the encounter.

"We will tell the players who will be starting on the day of the match," said Emery. "That gives them motivation on the pitch.

"The two options in defensive midfield are Giovani and Lassana and they are both ready. Adrien [Rabiot] has played further forward and we want him to continue there."

Defender Marquinhos also spoke with the press ahead of the match and called the Real match a "dream" scenario.


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