For the first time since 2015, Real Madrid kick off their Champions League campaign knowing they are no longer holders of Europe’s most-coveted prize.
Tonight, Zinedine Zidane‘s side face arguably their toughest fixture in the group in their opening match against French champions PSG, who were boosted by the return of want-away star Neymar at the weekend.
The Spanish giants head into this match unbeaten in La Liga but could struggle in Paris with seven first-team squad members absent.
With both teams boasting star-studded squads worth hundreds of millions of euros in transfer fees, it promises to be a fascinating encounter at Parc des Princes.
Team news and predicted lineups
Zidane is facing an injury crisis ahead of Wednesday’s game with seven first-team players unavailable.
Brazilian full-back Marcelo joined the growing injury list after the 3-2 victory over Levante along injured along with Isco, Marco Asensio, Federico Valverde and Luka Modric, while Sergio Ramos and Nacho are suspended.
Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are both injured for PSG and Neymar is serving a three-game ban, so Mauro Icardi could make his full debut for PSG after joining on loan from Inter Milan.
PSG XI: Navas; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Gueye, Verratti, Herrera; Di Maria, Icardi, Sarabia.
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Eder Militao, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, James; Bale, Benzema, Hazard.
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