Real Madrid vs. PSG Starting XI Prediction for the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16

Real Madrid, Marco Asensio (Photo by Silvestre Szpylma/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Marco Asensio (Photo by Silvestre Szpylma/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga
Real Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

CM Luka Modric

The Man of the Match for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad, Luka Modric controlled the play with Toni Kroos out and scored a worldie of his own, unleashing from distance with his left foot. Modric is one of the most technically prolific players of the era and an envy in midfield.

You get the feeling that Modric would have had a better day against PSG if Real weren’t so backed up in their own half, which was a huge fault of Ancelotti. Modric is almost certainly itching to wipe away the bitter taste of defeat from the first leg, and in the form he showed against La Real, you wouldn’t bet against him delivering another MOTM-type display.

DM Eduardo Camavinga

Toni Kroos has not been ruled out against PSG, but it would be a massive risk to play him. He already missed the beginning of the current season and parts of the last season with pubalgia, so messing with a hamstring injury that is causing hip discomfort sounds like a poor strategy.

Eduardo Camavinga has been very good this season whenever called upon, and he was fantastic this weekend vs. Real Sociedad. It was Camavinga’s wonderstrike that turned the tide of the game, getting the Bernabeu to believe in the Royal Whites again.

An all-action midfielder, Camavinga brings the ball-carrying, ball-recovering, and courage needed to produce a comeback against PSG. Considering he dominated them as a 16-year-old, Camavinga is more than ready for this moment.

CM Fede Valverde

Although Fede Valverde missed the Real Sociedad match with an illness, he is expected to be back against PSG. Madridistas were upset that Fede did not start as a midfielder or right winger in the first leg, and the team did indeed struggle to progress the ball and break up PSG’s spells of possession without the headstrong midfielder.

Valverde showed his value off the bench in two tough wins over Rayo Vallecano and Granada in LaLiga. We have seen him succeed in big games in LaLiga as well. So it is time to let him shine on a Champions League night. He could be the X-Factor Los Blancos need to beat PSG.