The press review in Madrid
“The champions versus the contenders” screams the front page of AS, that dedicates its first pages to the titanic clash between Real Madrid, the twice-defending champions, and Paris Saint-Germain, that want to take their crown. The pro-Madrid paper claims that Zinédine Zidane’s men “remain favourites at the Bernabéu” where they are undefeated in the competition to date. AS heads to the betting markets to back up their rational, showing that the bookies are paying €2.30 for a Real Madrid win against €3 for Paris.
"Paris Saint-Germain's attacking trio strikes fear into the heart of Europe"
Journalist Jaime Candil declares that Los Merengues must “focus on the only competition in which they are still alive, because winning la Liga is almost impossible.” AS then list the reasons for optimism: Real are undefeated at home in the Champions League since 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric are back in top form, the depth of the hosts bench with the likes of Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and even Isco as well as the experience of the holders.
“No team knows what it takes to eliminate Zidane, the coach, from the Champions League,” adds journalist Sergio Santos Chozas. “In two campaigns, he has won them both. There’s no arguing the facts. AS Roma, Bayern Munich, Atlético, Manchester City... no-one has found a way to defeat the French coach over two legs.” But the paper does finally admit that “Paris Saint-Germain’s attacking trio strikes fear into the heart of Europe.”__
*"Paris wants the throne"
Marca evokes Paris Saint-Germain’s ever-growing ambition and claims “the immense project, directed by Nasser
Al-Khelaïfi still needs the icing on the cake and what more mouth-watering proposition in the football world than the Champions League?”_ The sports daily adds: _“Like Manchester City, Paris represents the new guard, those who want to take the place of the traditional powers. Their mantra: topple the existing world order. With this in mind, tonight’s match represents the new panorama of European football. Paris want the throne. “Tradition versus modernity.” Bring it on!