Two-time UEFA Champions League defending club Real Madrid will welcome Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night. The French club currently sit comfortably on top of the Ligue 1 table with a 12 point gap, however, Real Madrid come into this match with poor domestic form and are an astonishing 17 points behind league leaders Barcelona.
The tie between these two European heavy giants will see some of the worlds best players grace the field. Neymar, the expensive player in the world will go head-to-head with Madrid superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Then there is Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, who is now the highest ever goal-scorer in PSG’s history. He sat down with Spanish paper MARCA before the big match and spoke all things football.
Cavani has been in sensational form this year, scoring a total of 28 goals in all competitions including 6 in the UEFA Champions League. He recently broke the clubs all-time highest goal-scoring record with his 157th goal for PSG. Speaking about his 157th goal and the feeling that followed, Cavani said,
“I wasn’t anxious that day. When I scored, I remembered the journey of all of these years. I’m the kind of person who looks back when I’ve achieved something important.”
Real Madrid a tough challenge for PSG
PSG breezed through to the knock-out stage by finishing above German giants Bayern Munich, Celtic and Anderlecht in Group B. However, their good work in the group stage didn’t bring them a fair reward as they were picked against Real Madrid for the round of 16 matches. Speaking about the blockbuster encounter, Cavani said
“We all feel as though it will be difficult, but at the same time it’s something prestigious. It’s both things. It will be special to play against Real Madrid, a club with so much history. However, it will be difficult, as we face an opponent with a lot of experience and with players who can make a difference in any given minute.”
However, the French club will be confident going through the next round having spent a fortune in rebuilding their squad last summer. The Qatari owned club broke a world record when they announced the signing of Neymar from Barcelona for 222m euros. But that wasn’t the end of their shopping spree as they brought Kylian Mbappe from Monaco on loan with a permanent scheduled for 2018 summer. Speaking of the new additions in the squad, Cavani said,
“We have signed important players and that helps a lot. That’s obvious. It gives confidence to the team and it motivates us for all of our challenges, including the Champions League, of course.”
Speaking about the preparation for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st leg fixture against Real Madrid, the 30-year-old said said,
“We are going through a great moment. Sincerely, everything is working well in all of the competitions. There have been a couple of stumbles, but I see that as being logical. Football is like this. You can let a match escape you by not concentrating and with a lower level you lose it. But that also helps to wake you up and to make you realise what you have ahead. We are working to improve day by day.”
Speaking about Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, the leading goal-scorer in UEFA Champions League, who is currently going through a rough patch having scored just 11 goals all season in the league, Cavani said,
“Well, he has more experience than me and I’m sure he’ll know how to get out of this situation. I believe that this won’t make him uncomfortable. Being the kind of forward that he is, with such self-belief. As a forward, you know these things happen. In one match this motivation can come back.”
Would like to score a scissor kick in UEFA Champions League Final, says Cavani
Cavani has scored close to 300 goals in his professional career but there is still one type of goal that has eluded him. Concluding the interview Cavani spoke about his dream of scoring a scissor kick in the UEFA Champions League Final.
“It’s clear. I’ve maybe not yet scored a scissor kick and I’d like to score one on the day of a major title for the club, in the final of the Champions League, for example. I have scored all kinds of goals, but I’m missing this scissor kick,” the Uruguayan international said.