Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he has a plan in place for “all the good players at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)”. The Italian urged his side not to go ‘crazy’ and instead play a smart game in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday night.
PSG emerged victorious in the first leg, with Kylian Mbappe scoring the game’s only goal in Paris last month. With a slim 1-0 lead to protect, Les Parisiens will now face Los Blancos in front of a roaring Santiago Bernabeu tonight.
Kylian Mbappe has easily been the French giants’ best player this season, scoring 24 goals and setting up a further 17 in 34 appearances in all competitions. But Ancelotti has certainly prepared his team to also face the other stars of Paris Saint-Germain, such as Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Stating he has plans for Neymar and Lionel Messi as well as Mbappe, the 62-year-old said (via PSG Talk):
“The plan we have is a plan not only for Mbappé, but also for Neymar, Messi and all the good players at PSG. The plan is to play as a block, with the ball and without the ball, put on the intensity, endure the 90 minutes and play a full match.
The Italian tactician added:
“It has to be a smart game; we don’t have to go crazy, we have to win the game, we don’t have to score goals. We have to earn it. You can get ahead quickly or at the last minute; the important thing is to keep it alive and to play it with intensity.
Real Madrid come into the game on the back of a dominating La Liga display against Real Sociedad. Playing at home, the Whites secured a 4-1 win, thanks to goals from Eduardo Camavinga, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio on Saturday night.
Eduardo Camavinga could add explosiveness to Real Madrid’s midfield against PSG
In the first leg in Paris, Real Madrid’s trident of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos struggled to get out of Paris’ grip.
With Casemiro suspended for the second leg, Ancelotti could be forced to bring Eduardo Camavinga into the fold which could be a blessing in disguise.
While Casemiro is undoubtedly more solid at the back, Camavinga is much more dynamic going forward. He is also good at applying pressure and has a powerful left foot.
If Real Madrid plan to catch Paris Saint-Germain off guard, the French youngster could prove to be the joker they need.