PSG vs Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo issues three-player demand to Zinedine Zidane | Football | Sport

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are favourites to progress to the last eight of the Champions League after securing a 3-1 win against PSG in the first leg at the Bernabeu.

And, according to Spanish publication Diario Gol, Ronaldo wants head coach Zidane to field his strongest team possible in Paris.


It is claimed the 33-year-old has vetoed Zidane from including Isco, Marco Asensio and Mateo Kovacic from the starting XI.

Ronaldo reportedly believes attacking midfielder Isco is selfish with the ball and that could cause problems against PSG.

He reportedly wants Gareth Bale to start on the opposite wing instead of rising star Asensio.

While Diario Gol claim that Ronaldo sees Kovacic as not being good enough for high-profile games in the Champions League.

Zidane could, however, be forced into picking Kovacic with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in a race against time to prove their fitness.

Real Madrid are also sweating on the fitness of left-back Marcelo, who returned to full training last week after injury.

will be without Neymar after he underwent an operation on his foot injury.

The club released a statement on Saturday, which read: “Neymar Jr underwent surgery today at the Materdei Hospital in Belo Horizonte.

“The operation, conducted by Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, was successful. The operation consisted of the laying of a screw associated with a transplant fixed at the level of the lesion of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot.

“Re-education will begin immediately under the direction of a club physiotherapist. Neymar’s injury will be assessed in six weeks’ time to establish a possible date for his return to training.”

PSG could also be without Kylian Mbappe, who missed their 2-0 win at Troyes due to an ankle problem.



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