Shishir TimalsinaFebruary 20, 20181min110

Messi, one of the most prolific footballer of this generation has hit the back of the net against many clubs he has faced in his career. However, he has failed to find the back of the net against Chelsea in 8 games.

Of the eight times Messi has taken on the Stamford bridge side in the last 12 years, he has been on the winning side just once, in 2005-06.

He did have an integral role in the most exciting moment between the two sides in recent years when he set up Andres Iniesta for the big winner in their 2009 semi-final leg at Stamford Bridge. However, in eight games against the Blues, Messi has never found the net.

Will that change on 20th February?



Shishir TimalsinaFebruary 15, 20183min120

Despite an important victory in the night of  valentine’s day, Zinedine Zidane is convinced that the game is not over yet and anything can happen in the second leg of the tie that is scheduled to be held in march.

This isn’t over,” he assured the assembled media. “There are 90 minutes-plus left.

“We are happy because we played a great match with personality and with our fans, who have always been behind the team.

“We have to be happy today but in three weeks we will play another match. We know that we are going to suffer.”

A surprise call was made by Zidane in naming his starting XI as Isco was preferred to Gareth Bale in a decision the Frenchman put down to tactical foresight.

“It was tough but we made a great match from start to finish,” he added.

“I am happy. This was a victory for everyone.

“We played four in the middle against three of [PSG’s]. Isco had a great game. He helped us in possession. That was the plan.”

Opposite number Unai Emery cursed his luck with the match officials on Wednesday night but Zidane wouldn’t be drawn into discussing Gianluca Rocchi’s impact on the game.

“I won’t talk about that,” he said.

“We have to be happy with what we did, against a very good opponent that can put us in trouble. We earned a good win today. We know that the return game will be very tough.

“We saw them win 3-0 last year. When you play away from home, anything can happen.

“But today we have to be happy. I am proud of everyone. The fans were key today. At 0-1, they always were. It was important.”

The pressure had been mounting on Zidane throughout a poor campaign so far in Madrid, and yet he was certain that he can work without paying any attention to such speculation.

“I will continue working, for games like tonight,” he stated. “Maybe we can feel a bit of euphoria – we have to be happy with the work we have achieved.

“The return leg is missing, we will have to play well in a huge match, with great intensity.

“But we’ll see. Many things will happen before that game.”


Shishir TimalsinaFebruary 15, 20182min130

We saw the man, the myth, the legend; Cristiano Ronaldo’s destructive form in the last season’s champions league knockout stages. Well, Cristiano Ronaldo does not look like stopping anytime soon. The Real Madrid forward starred versus PSG in the first leg scoring twice and being the match winner.

This was an important victory,” Ronaldo said to reporters. “We started the match well, but we let in a goal.

“But this is the Champions League and Madrid have the experience.”

“Games last 90 minutes and, at home, we wanted to play a good game. We have a good advantage for the return thanks to those two late goals.”

“We knew PSG were a very dangerous team with the forwards they have. We knew we had to press them to win the ball.”

“In the second half we waited a little bit, we played better, and we had more opportunities.”

“The fans have helped us a lot and we felt their warmth,” he continued. “It has to be that way.”

“Marcelo’s goal was very important, he played a good match and he deserved it.”

“When goals are scored and your team wins, it is always special. Today it started and I scored two.”

“The tie is not over yet. We have to go to Paris to win and to score goals, to be calm and to qualify for the next phase.”