The UEFA Champions League returned this week with a blockbuster clash for the Los Blancos. Real Madrid took on PSG at the Parc des Princes. It was a day of multiple storylines, with special emphasis on Lionel Messi facing his former rivals and Kylian Mbappe facing his dream club.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side played a very defensive game on the night. As PSG pushed continuously to find a breakthrough, the visitors made barely any effort to get on the scoresheet.
The performance of the Madrid-based side was so poor that Florentino Perez was said to be ‘ashamed’.
Ultimately, the fixture ended in a 1-0 win for the Parisiens. Kylian Mbappe scored a wonder goal in the dying minutes to cover up for Messi’s penalty miss and give the French outfit the advantage.
According to reports from ESPN (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Real Madrid players believe that they can overturn the tie vs Pochettino’s side. Considering the poor team performance and defensive tactics, the 1-0 result is not seen too badly by the dressing room.
The two teams will meet once again for the second leg scheduled on 9th March. With the game set to take place at the Santiago Bernabeu, Los Blancos will certainly have an upper hand.
Ancelotti will have to tweak his methods, for another defensive game will not suffice in the second leg. With the stakes high, Real Madrid will want to go out all guns blazing and propel themselves into the quarterfinals of the competition.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.