Zinedine Zidane warned his Real Madrid players that they can expect to suffer in the return leg of their Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain despite seeing Cristiano Ronaldo inspire a 3-1 comeback victory on Wednesday.
Zidane, under increasing pressure due to Real's domestic struggles, then introduced Marco Asensio with 11 minutes to go and the substitute's cross was eventually turned in by Ronaldo's knee, with another Asensio cross then finished by Marcelo for the second goal in three minutes.
"It was an important win", Ronaldo said.
"But there is a second leg to come where we will need to play with a lot of intensity".
PSG began the evening in Madrid appearing to fall madly in love with the chase before ending the night feeling woozy, like they had again been jilted by the object of their affection. "I am happy with my team-mates and I only think about my story here", he said. If they fail to retrieve this situation on March 6, there will be long and lengthy recriminations.
"That is what happens". "They showed character. We deserved a better result but the referee did not help us".
It was the prodigious boy wonder who drew first blood for his side, with the Brazilian's cute backheel delicately falling into the path of the onrushing Rabiot.
He has also scored at least 10 goals in seven consecutive Champions League campaigns, while no other player has done so in more than two. And despite the pre-match form guide, nobody should really be surprised at all. Repeatedly, PSG seemed slightly bewildered by the notion of an opponent who could actually take them on.
"We must continue on in this way and defend our Champions League title".
Balance is key to so much in this life.
But he spoke against the rumours when asked about a potential move to their Champions League rivals in future after losing the first leg tie 3-1.
As the second half began, Kylian Mbappe reminded the world of his phenomenal young talent by drawing a smart save from Keylor Navas at the start of the second half.
Through force of will and unshakeable belief, he is still the Champions League's apex predator.
"But I hope we can do it", Sport quoted him as saying.
He completed 13 dribbles - three more than the rest of his side put together, and more than twice as many as anybody on the Madrid side - but few of them went anywhere useful.
For PSG, who suffered their first Valentine Day's defeat, the romance of the Champions League is certainly dead.
"The result makes you look at things in a different way".
Ronaldo now has 20 goals in his last 12 appearances in the competition and has scored at least once in every game this season.
"With Isco we were looking for superiority in the centre of the park", he said.
Ronaldo kneed into the net on 83 minutes before Marcelo found what could be killer third goal four minutes later with a volley that bounced up and over a duped PSG keeper Alphonse Areola.
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