Real Madrid – Paris Saint-Germain preview: Los Blancos seek to secure first...

Real Madrid – Paris Saint-Germain preview: Los Blancos seek to secure first position


Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain will meet at the Santiago Bernabeu in the fouth date of the Champions League, in a game that will probably determine who will finish the group stage in the first position.

Rafa Benitez will recover James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas, although the Colombia international might not make it in the starting eleven after having spent two months on the sidelines. The Costa Rican goalkeeper, on the other hand, will return to the line-up after resting in the last La Liga game due to muscle fatigue.

Pepe and Kovacic are also recovered from their injuries, but Benitez has confessed he doesn’t want to take risks and they are not expected to feature.

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Alvaro Arbeloa and Daniel Carvajal remain on the sideline. Benitez will most likely feature Jese Rodriguez in the forward line while Danilo will remain at right-back.

Laurent Blanc will miss defender Marquinhos and forward Javier Pastore, while he will recover centre-back David Luiz.

Possible line-ups:

Real Madrid: Navas; Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Jese Rodriguez, Ronaldo, Isco.

Paris Saint-Germain: Trapp; Aurier, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Motta, Matuidi, Verratti; Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Cavani.