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Champions League: Real Madrid, Liverpool advance to quarterfinals

Champions League: Real Madrid, Liverpool advance to quarterfinals

"There are seven other very good teams involved, so maybe five or four are from England, it doesn't make it easier, to be honest", he said.

"It was a flawless performance", said Zidane, who has led Madrid to the last two Champions League titles.

"We played well right from the beginning, pressing them high up the field. We deserved to advance to the next round". In the first leg in Portugal, they had crushed their hosts by a score of 5-0.

The tie had escaped them before Verratti was sent off midway through the second half, picking up a second yellow card for dissent.

Zidane was without regular starting midfielders Luka Modric and Tony Kroos for the second leg in Paris, and the coach surprisingly included Vazquez and Asensio in the starting lineup, leaving Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench.

If the insipid display from PSG's attacking all-stars against Real Madrid is anything to go by, they certainly have a lot of work to do to catch Europe's elite.

Constantly linked with moves for Premier League duo David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid have found another solution to their goalkeeping future in the Croatian Under-21 team. Real Madrid won 2-1.

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Ronaldo has been the more lethal one in recent weeks, scoring 11 goals in his last six matches as the league title slips away but the Champions League becomes all the more important.

"Zinedine Zidane made a clever decision in putting wide players in [Marco] Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to open up PSG and they did not know how to defend that", he said on his YouTube vlog.

"We needed our heads and our hearts today".

Barca, however, is not the only club Neymar is reportedly targeting as a potential way out of PSG.

"We all want it to be quick and fast".

Emery said it was "normal" that he face criticism for PSG's failure to progress further than the last-16 of the Champions League despite effectively spending 400 million euros on Neymar and 19-year-old French striker Kylian Mbappe last summer. "It was a key series". He's fundamental for us and I'm going to count on him until the end of the season.

But his negative body language has been heavily scrutinised by the Spanish press, who have pointed out he was yawning while on the bench in the first leg and did not participate in the team's celebrations on the pitch after the 3-1 win.