Peaking at the right time, Madrid can be confident of challenging for a third straight title and 13th overall.
But that does not mean Eibar are a small club: now eighth in the Primera Division and two points off Villarreal in sixth, Los Armeros are on the up and attempting to increase their worldwide profile with supporters' groups springing up in Germany, the U.S., Venezuela and China, among others. Only two clubs, Porto and Bayern Munich, have received more. "We need to calm ourselves and think about how we can improve the team". "Madrid deserved to go through".
PSG never looked like turning the tie around in the absence of the injured Neymar and it was a horribly flat way for them to exit the competition. The man who will inevitably wield the axe after the latest failure, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, did not mince his words: "We know that Real have a lot of experience". That comes down to an average of four goals per 90 minutes.
The Ultras were also on hand to welcome the PSG squad to their prematch hotel, the Renaissance in Rueil-Malmaison, where they spent the night together before the game. After already earning a first yellow card earlier in the match, he felt he was fouled and charged at German referee Felix Brych to protest.
They levelled in the 71st when the ball deflected into the net off Cavani to give the home fans a glimmer of hope. "We tried but we couldn't do it". Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the tournament with 117.
France forward Kylian Mbappe hit PSG's fourth in first half stoppage time, while captain Thiago Silva completed the rout with a towering header from a corner in the 82nd minute.
PSG are on a mission to win the Champions League, but to also create a team and a club that is teeming with winners.
Zidane was without regular starting midfielders Luka Modric and Tony Kroos for the second leg in Paris, and the coach surprisingly included Vazquez and Asensio in the starting lineup, leaving Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench. Barcelona won the return 6-1.
Cristiano Ronaldo is setting records again and Zinedine Zidane is back in favour after Real Madrid brushed aside Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to reach their eighth consecutive Champions League quarterfinal. "Obviously it became harder for them when we scored the second goal". Mendilibar's side put five past a disinterested Sevilla a few weeks ago and held Zidane's team in the Bernabeu last season.
The stadium announcer asked the PSG fans to stop lighting flares at the start of the second half, with smoke having covered part of the pitch.
"To be eliminated in the last 16 is a disappointment, but to lose against Real is not. He is an important player for us".
There's a familiar name back in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
PSG still have three domestic trophies to go and win before the end of the season, but that seems instantly less appealing once the big prize of the Champions League is no longer up for grabs.