Real Madrid are set to host Paris Saint-Germain later this evening, hoping to overturn a one-goal deficit. It is a must-win encounter for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, especially given how the club have underperformed in the Champions League in recent years.
While Kylian Mbappe remains a doubt heading into the fixture, Barcelona fans will be keeping a close eye on the encounter, as former stars Lionel Messi and Neymar travel to Santiago Bernabeu, hoping to dislodge Los Blancos from the Champions League.
Speaking ahead of the game, Neymar has revealed that he was close to joining Real Madrid when he was 13. But the Brazilian later confessed his love to Barcelona.
According to MARCA, Joan Laporta was heard reacting to tonight’s game. It appears the Barcelona president is rooting for a PSG victory over the Whites.
However, the 59-year-old doesn’t want Les Parisiens to lift the UEFA Champions League title come May.
The Parisian juggernaut have famously never lifted the coveted tournament, even under the QSI era. They notably reached the final under Thomas Tuchel in 2020 but were narrowly beaten by Bayern Munich.
Nevertheless, PSG remain one of the favourites to lift the Champions League this term, along with Bayern and the four English clubs.
Real Madrid, though, will be looking to put an end to their aspirations, as Ancelotti and co. look to overturn the slender lead. A 2-0 victory at the Bernabeu should be enough to book a place in the quarterfinals.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.