Benzema has been Real Madrid's No.9 since joining from Lyon back in 2009, contributing 189 goals in 189 appearances across all competitions. However, their inclusion in the team is a major boost for the champions.
It was Real who ended up opening the scoring after 51 minutes. "We made a lot of mistakes in terms of our concentration". "Madrid deserved to go through".
"In April we will have time to look ahead and focus on the Champions League".
PSG were too pedestrian and struggled to break down Real, who comfortably contained the surprisingly subdued hosts. Let's say the value of a single game increases by $3 million per round, meaning 90 minutes of Neymar in the round of 16 was worth $6 million.
PSG began with some purpose. "For sure Gareth would prefer to play more".
Instead, midfielder Casemiro's deflected shot looped past stranded goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the 80th. This, though, was something else as Madrid pranced about from the start with an alluring sure-footedness. But if you have ambitions to win the competition outright then you will have to overcome such obstacles at some stage. But he should have buried it.
Ronaldo had already done his usual damage.
The social media campaign started immediately after the first leg and lasted 3 weeks in total.
That close call seemed to spur PSG into life and Keylor Navas had to be alert to deny Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe, as Zidane made his frustration with Madrid's defending very clear on the touchline. The first goal at Parc des Princes came off a cross by Vazquez to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mundo Deportivo concedes Neymar´s courting of Barcelona may even be a tactic to justify a move to Real, given the Catalan club are likely to reject any chance to re-sign the 26-year-old. And that's only one piece of the pie.
But no, Ronaldo wanted all the headlines. What b--, in fact, what bullshit.
"We played well right from the beginning, pressing them high up the field".
There's a familiar name back in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Marcelo also scored for Real, who are aiming to become the first club since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win a third consecutive European Cup. He is the No. 9 of Real Madrid and we only focus on him more because he hasn't scored much lately. It is a paradox of this cartoonishly inflated club that it has retained an authentically passionate core, both ends keeping up a relentless wall of noise throughout this game. With two seemingly passive managers having held the hot seat in succession, maybe it is time for an authoritarian figure to take the reins and apply his methods.
"He doesn't need to do anything else".
"I'm not here to convince anyone", Zidane said.
Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was even more confident about Liverpool's chances. "He knows where he is and that the others are important".
But beyond personnel changes, Auclair sees a club that has plenty of soul-searching to do.
Mauricio Pochettino's decision to play the Korean over Eric Lamela was a good one as he absolutely assaulted Barzagli with poise and skill - the Italian responding by simply trying to physically assault him.