‘Mauricio Pochettino & Antonio Conte’s next moves hinge on Real Madrid vs PSG’

Real Madrid vs PSG

On Wednesday night in Spain, two of the best clubs in world football face off in the Champions League last-16.

Real Madrid are looking to win the UCL for a third season in a row, and for a fourth time in five years.

As for PSG, they are looking to lift the trophy for the first time. While the truth is that PSG have never progressed past the quarterfinals of the competition.

Massive match for Mauricio Pochettino & Antonio Conte

On the BBC’s Euro Leagues Football podcast, the case was made why Real Madrid versus PSG is huge for Tottenham and Chelsea.

The premise of the argument is that whichever team loses this tie will certainly sack their manager.

PSG boss Unai Emery has long been tipped for the Paris exit door at the end of the season anyway.

And when it comes to who’ll replace Emery, both Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino are in the running.

Pochettino, of course, played for PSG in his playing days.

While Conte, who has been complaining about Chelsea’s recruitment policy at Stamford Bridge for months, is also supposedly on the PSG shortlist.

But what is Real Madrid are knocked out?

Fourth in La Liga, many wonder how Zinedine Zidane has held onto his job for this long.

Defeat to PSG would seal the French legend’s fate at the Santiago Bernabeu, while it’s widely believed that Pochettino is the number one target at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Can Real sign Pochettino from Spurs? Los Blancos have history dealing with Daniel Levy in the transfer of Gareth Bale.

It’s also worth pointing out that as a former Espanyol boss, Pochettino has made it clear in recent times that he’ll never be the manager of FC Barcelona.

Listen to the excellent discussion of how Mauricio Pochettino & Antonio Conte’s next moves hinge on Real Madrid vs PSG after 11 minutes on the audio unit below.

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Real Madrid vs PSG on Valentine’s Day

There will be plenty of males (and some females for sure as well!) checking their phones for live score updates on Valentine’s Day.

That is because one of the stand out Champions League matches takes place on Wednesday evening.

Real Madrid play PSG on Wednesday night in the Bernabeu for the first leg of one of the most important ties in the first knockout rounds.

Real Madrid have won the tournament in successive seasons. And, PSG have spent big to win that trophy from the Spanish giants.

Besides Manchester City and Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG were favourites to win the tournament so this is an enormous tie from whatever angle you look at it.

Bale and Zidane

MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 13: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid embrace after he is subbed during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and APOEL Nikosia at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 13, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Real Madrid rest Bale for PSG & blitz Real Sociedad

Both Real Madrid and PSG played their league games on Saturday, as they prepared for the big Champions League game.

Real Madrid took another step to securing a top four spot in La Liga by crushing Real Sociedad in the first half.

Goals from Lucas Vazquez, Cristiano Ronaldo (2) and Toni Kroos put Real Madrid in control of both the game and their hopes of a top four finish.

Gareth Bale was left on the bench for Real Madrid who are clearly wrapping the Welsh Express in cotton wool ahead of the match against PSG.

MUNICH, GERMANY – DECEMBER 05: Neymar of PSG Paris runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Bayern Muenchen and Paris Saint-Germain at Allianz Arena on December 5, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Neymar & PSG prepare for Real Madrid

PSG took another stride to the Ligue 1 title with a 1-0 win at Toulouse.

The only goal of the game came from Neymar, who scored on 68. Angel Di Maria bagged the assist.

PSG rested the likes of Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva completely and Marco Verratti (who came off with 30 minutes to go).

Neymar played the whole game, which was something of a surprise considering how he hasn’t always played in tough PSG away matches this season.

Neymar reveals ankle injuries after Toulouse win

If you follow Neymar on Instagram, and nearly 90 million people do, you will know that Neymar often posts a message before every game.

And, then after matches, the Brazilian superstar hits Instagram Stories.

After Toulouse it was no different, and Neymar posted a picture of his ankle injuries following the Ligue 1 win.

The picture came with a “No pain, no gain” message from Neymar which suggests he should be fit to face the might of Real Madrid…

Was it a cheeky dig at the Toulouse defenders for kicking him too much?

Neymar reveals ankle injuries on Instagram Stories

Neymar reveals ankle injuries on Instagram Stories

Neymar reveals ankle injuries on Instagram Stories

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Real Madrid 5 – Real Sociedad 2

Real Madrid scored five time on Saturday night in La Liga.

Lowly Real Sociedad lost 5-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu, as Cristiano Ronaldo stole the headlines once again.

The 33-year-old scored a hat-trick for Los Blancos. Moreover, it was a ‘perfect’ hat-trick: a header, and goals with his left and right boots.

Lucas Vazquez got the ball rolling for Real scoring after just 55 seconds. Toni Kroos also found the target for Madrid. Jon Bautista and Asier Illarramendi bagged second half consolation goals for Sociedad.

Real Madrid are fourth in the Spanish top flight.

Real Madrid vs PSG

This week, on Valentine’s Day, Real Madrid take on PSG in the Champions League.

The match in Spain is the first of the two legged last-16 knockout tie.

Zinedine zidane made a few changes to his starting XI against Sociedad. Most noticeably, Gareth Bale was left on the bench. The Welsh star was brought on as a second half sub, and Bale looks set to start against PSG in midweek.

Nacho and Casemiro were also given the night off against Sociedad. The right-back and defensive midfielder should also return against the Ligue 1 powerhouse.

It was also eye-catching that Luka Modric was subbed out of Saturday’s game just after the hour mark.

Toulouse 0 – PSG 1

PSG were also in actin on Saturday, winning 1-0 away at Toulouse.

Neymar scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half.

PSG have a 12 point lead over Monaco at the top of the French Ligue 1.

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Unai Emery claims that ‘everyone should be grateful’ to PSG

PSG manager Unai Emery has this afternoon revealed his surprising opinion that clubs throughout Europe should be ‘grateful’ for the financial might possessed by the Ligue 1 powerhouse.

Made of money

Much has been made over the last couple of seasons of the increasingly exorbitant transfer fees being splashed out by a number of Europe’s top clubs, with many of the opinion that the takeovers of the likes of PSG and Manchester City by wealthy investors are to blame.

The soon-to-be French champions smashed the world-record transfer fee when splashing out a frankly-ridiculous 222 million Euro on Neymar last summer, with the Parisian outfit also set to fork over the second-largest transfer sum of all-time when making Kylian Mbappe’s loan move from AS Monaco permanent this summer.

‘Kingdom under threat’

Speaking in an interview with Spanish outlet Marca earlier today, PSG boss Unai Emery was quick to jump to the defence of his club, though, claiming that the emergence of new footballing heavyweights has challenged the long-established pecking order in Europe:

‘Madrid and Barcelona wanted Kylian, but PSG have the muscle to keep him at a French club and I think the transfer happened for sporting reasons and not financial ones, and that’s something new in this new European order.’

‘The (traditional) clubs see their kingdom under threat (from PSG) and (Manchester) City, who are a team with new-found financial capacity. I think this is good for football, that there are these new teams. Everyone should be grateful.’

Questionable

It should be noted that Emery’s argument seems to be flawed at its base, with the French top-flight a perfect example of the fact that ‘everyone’ is not grateful for PSG’s new found wealth, as the gap between themselves and the smaller Ligue 1 clubs grows markedly larger by the year.

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