H.ello and welcome in to this Champions League live blog for the blockbuster clash between real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain this Wednesday night. PSG lead 1-0 in this Champions League last 16 tie, but real Madrid now have home advantage. It promises to be a classic and we’ll bring you all the updates and Vinicius, Karim Benzema and co. take on Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Real Madrid vs PSG – Latest updates
This is the very start of this Wednesday night’s Real Madrid vs PSG live blog. We’ll have build-up news and then minute-by-minute updates from the Bernabeu, with the entries nearest the top the most recent ones.
19:40 GMT: Ancelotti speaks
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has spoken to Movistar just prior to tonight’s match against Paris Saint-Germain.
“There’s a lot of excitement and it’s clear that we won’t be playing alone,” he said, referring to the impressive atmosphere outside the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
“We will try to give 100 per cent because we need to give 100 per cent. [Toni] Kroos is 100 per cent ready and he’s going to play as a holding midfielder. Nacho [Fernandez] will be the left-back.
“It’s true that he doesn’t push as much as [Ferland] Mendy or Marcelo, but today we don’t need that. We need to play with intensity and intelligence, with a lot of caution. “
19:20 GMT: Tic, tac …
According to the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, Real Madrid will formalize a contract offer to Kylian Mbappe if they are eliminated tonight.
19:00 GMT: Atmosphere outside the Bernabeu
The scenes outside the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu look incredible. What an atmosphere!
18:45 GMT: PSG’s XI
PSG’s starting line-up (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes; Danilo Pereira, Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes; Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar.
18:30 GMT: The details of Florentino Perez and Al-Khelaifi’s lunch in Madrid
Ahead of the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, the directors of the two clubs had lunch together in the Zalacain restaurant in the Spanish capital, an affair which had a much more relaxed atmosphere than the infamously tense lunch in Paris before the first leg.
18:15 GMT: The kings of Europe against a state
Real Madrid welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening, and the significance of this clash extends far beyond what happens on the pitch. Los Blancos, the kings of Europe, are playing to uphold that status against a club dreaming to challenge football’s status quo.
18:00 GMT: Real Madrid’s XI
Real Madrid’s starting line-up (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Nacho Fernandez; Fede Valverde, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
17:50 GMT: Donnarumma over Keylor Navas
Keylor Navas spent five seasons at Real Madrid, but the Costa Rican will be on the bench for tonight’s game, according to L’Equipe. Instead, Gianluigi Donnarumma will be between the sticks for Paris Saint-Germain, as he was in the first leg.
17:40 GMT: Kroos set to start tonight
As MARCA’s Mario Cortegana reports, Toni Kroos is going to start for Real Madrid tonight. That means Carlo Ancelotti must decide between Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga when it comes to who will replace the suspended Casemiro.
17:30 GMT: PSG’s star-studded front three at the Bernabeu
Paris Saint-Germain are in the Spanish capital and ready to take on Real Madrid, most likely with their star-studded front three leading from the front. Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi are all expected to start at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
17:30 GMT: Al-Khelaifi is Real Madrid’s enemy
There is so much more being played out in the Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Champions League tie than the actual match itself. There is the Kylian Mbappe situation rumbling in the background, as well as the clash of two footballing styles, historical greatness in Europe and the new era of state clubs. Then, you have the tension between Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Florentino Perez.
17:20 GMT: Mbappe amazed by the Bernabeu
Kylian Mbappe and his Paris Saint-Germain teammates trained on the pitch at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, and the forward was admiring his surroundings, amazed by the new-look stadium.
17:00 GMT: What are the Real Madrid and PSG predicted line-ups?
There are a couple of injury doubts for both teams, but otherwise there aren’t many question marks over the starting line-ups.
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Marcelo; Eduardo Camavinga, Fede Valverde, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
PSG’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes; Danilo Pereira, Idrissa Gueye, Marco Verratti; Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar.
16:45 GMT: When does Real Madrid vs PSG kick off? Where can you watch it?
This Real Madrid vs PSG game gets underway at 21:00 CET on Wednesday, with that the local time in Spain. It’ll start at 20:00 GMT in the UK, where the match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Ultimate, while, for those living in the USA, you can tune in at 15:00 ET / 12: 00 PT on Paramount +.