Next February 14 the dispute between two of the biggest teams in Europe begins
Soccer world will be paralyzed next Wednesday, February 14, after the start of the Champions League round of 16 between Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain. A duel of giants that promises to transcend in this season.
The confrontation will start at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in the Spanish capital, and it will have really special elements such as the huge presence of the fans of both groups. The followers of the Real Madrid and the PSG already sold out the tickets and will presence the match with the sole purpose of not seeing their team defeated.
However, it is important to ask, why are there so many interests in this duel? Why is it being sold as one of the best commitments of the season? And on whom does the pressure of advancing in this series lie?
These are questions that the fans are making, especially, because both teams have imperative needs to advance to the next phase to avoid losses from all points of view.
On the side of the ‘merengue’ club, the team need is always to win. For the double winner of the Champions would be a total failure to lose in this round; mainly, because the team no longer has competitive power neither in the League nor in Copa del Rey. Then, if the players of Zinedine Zidane are not strong and advance against their Parisian rival, they would be dismissing the season early. In fact, it would definitely be the end of the Zizou dynasty and would surely also represent the departure of many referent players.
On the other hand, PSG is also facing a special match. Not only because of the cost of the payroll of important men such as Neymar and Mbappe, but also because it comes year after year looking for glory in the Champions League and it has not achieve it.
The Parisian squad wants to leave behind last year's elimination in the quarterfinals, after being left out with a thunderous win at the Camp Nou. Only with a victory against the ‘merengue’ squad, the team can move forward. In addition, at an institutional level, the team must demonstrate that it can be one of the most feared clubs in the old continent, a condition that until now for many specialists and fans of the world, is still in doubt. The aforementioned is because despite the innumerable investments in players, the team has not won internationally.
In this sense, all that remains is to sit in a good chair in the company of friends and family to enjoy this duel that promises to be electrifying. For this confrontation, all lovers of this sport are looking forward to the elimination of one of the two teams, because neither team will allow to pass under the table a farewell early of the most important club championship on the planet.
Latin American Post | Freddy González
Translated from “Real Madrid vs. PSG: un duelo de necesidades”