Tuesday 19 February 2019

No Neymar is no relief for Real's Zizou

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. Pic: Reuters/Sergio Perez
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. Pic: Reuters/Sergio Perez

The absence of an injured Neymar from Paris St Germain's line-up for next Tuesday's Champions League last-16 tie will not boost Real Madrid's chances of securing victory, the Liga side's coach Zinedine Zidane said yesterday.

The world's most expensive player has been ruled out of action for three months after opting for surgery on a fractured metatarsal in an attempt to get fit for the World Cup in June.


Former Real winger Angel Di Maria is likely to take the Brazilian's place at the Parc des Princes as PSG chase down a 3-1 deficit from the first leg against the 12-times European champions.

"The absence of Neymar is not a relief for us at all. We feel sorry for Neymar, but PSG are a very strong team and the player who comes in for him will be a very good player, we can be sure of that," Zidane told a news conference ahead of Real's Liga game at home to Getafe today.

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