Paris Saint-Germain tie set to define Real Madrid season: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid will take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16 of the Champions League.

football Updated: Feb 12, 2018 22:19 IST
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Cristiano Ronaldo will be the key for Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain.(AFP)

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid’s season is now effectively all about their looming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in La Liga.

“The tie...is one that could define the whole season,” the Portuguese forward told Real’s website after picking up a prize for best player in the world last season from the website Goal.com.

“We’re going to come up against a great team with excellent players, whom we respect a lot.

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“But we’ve already shown that we have a very strong, united and experienced group in this competition.”

Real host PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday in the first leg of their last-16 tie, with the return set for March 6 in the French capital.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons, and it is eight years since Real were eliminated at this stage.

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Madrid are currently fourth in La Liga, 17 points behind leaders Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.

That is despite a big 5-2 win over Real Sociedad at the weekend, a game in which Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 22:19 IST