Emery: Confident PSG ready for Real Madrid

Neymar Ronaldo

Neymar Ronaldo

Real Sociedad lie in the lower half of the table but they score goals for fun - witness a 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna last weekend.

"This is a semi-final, not last 16".

Real Madrid and Real Sociedad have failed to live up to the expectations around them this season.

Neymar's PSG will lock horns with Real Madrid, who are a staggering 19 points behind league leaders Barcelona, in the knockout phase of the Champions League. In fact, they clinched a 5-0 win over Deportivo last week at the flawless time, because they were riding a four-game losing streak before that game. "I don't split loyalties, I hope it is a great game and the best team wins", the retired maestro said. "Our goal is to arrive in the best shape possible for Wednesday". It was the full first half in this way, intense, determined, motivated.

Just 49 seconds in, Ronaldo crossed the ball to the penalty spot where Lucas Vazquez turned it in with a header. They register two draws and four losses over that span.

Toni Kroos curled home the third from outside the area and Ronaldo headed home Luka Modric's corner for the fourth in the 37th minute.

The hat-trick is Ronaldo's 33rd in LaLiga.

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Jon Bautista pulled one back after the break, but Ronaldo scored his third from close range before Asier Illarramendi's volleyed consolation.

Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d'Or victor, is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation and the Portuguese worldwide has broken numerous goal scoring records over the years.

Manager Zinedine Zidane said he would apply the same plan of pressing high up the pitch against PSG. However, a series of poor results and the Morocco international's lack of experience in key games, particularly against Spurs at Wembley and the Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Leganés, have seen the Madrid technical team forced into a rethink.

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

And following the second goal, the floodgates opened. While they were not expected to be a title contender, they had enough talent on the squad to perhaps fight for a UEFA Europa League berth.

Leganes were a man down from the 84th minute after Dimitrios Siovas's second booking.

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