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    Shock exclusion in PSG’s squad for the Real Madrid game

    Real Madrid vs PSG

    The huge match in the Champions League on Wednesday is in Spain.

    Real Madrid are looking to win the UCL for a third straight season, and a fourth time in the past five years.

    In their way are French powerhouse PSG, who of course will be lead by the world’s most expensive player: Neymar.

    Yet, if PSG are to prove successful over two legs against Madrid, they’ll need to show mental strength which has evaded them in the past.

    Shock exclusion in PSG’s squad

    With the mental aspect of the match so important, there’s been a shock exclusion in PSG’s squad for the trip to Madrid.

    It’s been confirmed that Italian midfielder Thiago Motta has been cut from the PSG party.

    While some may have advocated against Motta starting the game, his experience in top flight football could have been an asset for PSG.

    That said, PSG do have plenty of know-how with Neymar, Dani Alves and Edinson Cavani in their XI.

    The full PSG squad for the Real Madrid tie is as follows:

    • Trapp, Areola,
    • Kimpembe, Alves, Marquinhos, Kurzawa, Silva, Meunier, Berchiche,
    • Rabiot, Draxler, Lo Celso, Verratti, Pastore, Diarra,
    • Neymar, Di Maria, Mbappé, Cavani.

    The Barcelona factor

    Of course, PSG return to Spain after their incredible collapse against Barcelona in last season’s Champions League.

    Many argue that had PSG not imploded so spectacularly, maybe Neymar wouldn’t have joined.

    Real Madrid pose a serious question to PSG: do they have the mental capacity to knock out one of European football’s big boys?

    PSG have never reached the semifinals of the Champions League.

    Also see: Real Madrid vs PSG predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & football betting tips.

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