3 underrated factors that could decide the Champions League tie between Real Madrid and PSG

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Real Madrid have been able to shift their focus to the decisive game against Paris Saint-Germain after a convincing La Liga win versus Real Sociedad. We already know that one game cannot be compared to another. However, there are certain things that happened that gave us an insight into what we can expect on Wednesday night.

Many fans are rightfully focusing on tactical tweaks and personnel changes such as Real Madrid’s desire to press high and the absences of Mendy and Casemiro. Did we forget that sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference? With Real Madrid only one goal down going into this game, it’s important to keep in mind certain factors that could prove to be decisive.

The Real Madrid Fans

After the end of a disappointing first-leg at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Real Madrid already began working on what needs to be changed for the second-leg. While Carlo Ancelotti and his staff began doing their job and seeing what tweaks need to be made, Florentino Perez shifted his focus on the Santiago Bernabeu. Currently under construction, the stadium hasn’t been able to be at full capacity since before the pandemic. Even though it still won’t be now, there will be a lot more fans than we have gotten used to.

For this game, the club has decided to speed up some of the work on one of the corners of the stadium to increase capacity. Therefore, there is expected to be a total of 60,000 spectators on the night cheering their teams on. It’s important to keep in mind that obviously not all the seats will be occupied by Real Madrid supporters but nonetheless, it will definitely be a night to remember.

We have seen how the fans can completely turn a game on its head. To see a small example of that, we don’t even have to look too far behind. On Saturday night, the fans’ voices were heard as Real Madrid were able to work on a minor comeback after going one goal down to Real Sociedad early on.

This will be vital on Wednesday. On paper, PSG come in with a very strong starting lineup and massive depth on the bench. However, they aren’t invincible. Real Madrid may be considered a little lucky to have come out of the first-leg with just a one-goal deficit, but now it’s time to put luck behind and let the fans make the Bernabeu a difficult place to visit. As the legendary Juanito said, ” 90 minutes at the Bernabeu is a very long time”.