“This game is a real opportunity for us,” said PSG’s manager. “We want to continue to grow and playing a knockout game against the European champions, the 11-time champions, is an opportunity to show where we are and where we want to get to.”
On PSG’s opponents: “We are up against the record holders in this competition,” said Emery. “They’re historically the best side in this competition. We respect them both individually and collectively. I am confident my players can demonstrate their ability and that we’re ready to win this match. I’m expecting the best Real Madrid side tomorrow. The 11 they name will be strong. It’s Madrid, they’ll play the side they think will win them the game.”
A master at saying plenty while simultaneously saying nothing, the Real Madrid denied manager denied he was under sort of pressure ahead of tonight’s match. “We are happy to play these kinds of games – it’s not pressure,” he said. “We live for these games. Fans want to see a great game of football and nothing else. You need to ask Unai Emery about pressure from their point of view. It’s a 50-50 game. We’re preparing to play the best game possible. It’s evens, as it always is.
On the meeting of tonight’s star turns. “Ronaldo and Neymar are great players,” he said. “[With Ronaldo] we are talking about a player who has done extraordinary things, won five Ballons d’Or and you can’t compare them. It’s not Ronaldo v Neymar, it’s Madrid v Paris. Everyone wants to see a good game. I’m not thinking about my future. I’m only focused on tomorrow. I can’t control the rest; the only thing I’m interested in is tomorrow. It’s not a final – it is two Champions League games. We want to play well and if we do that, we’ll have a good chance. The squad are focused on tomorrow’s game. I’m thinking about that and that only. The system is not important; what’s important is how we play.”