Will The PSG-Madrid Clash See A Changing Of The Guard Or The Maintenance Of The Old European Regime" - football




Will The PSG-Madrid Clash See A Changing Of The Guard Or The Maintenance Of The Old European Regime"

Will The PSG-Madrid Clash See A Changing Of The Guard Or The Maintenance Of The Old European Regime"



Neymar and PSG have a chance to upend a sustained period of Real Madrid-Ronaldo dominance. The Champions League fortunes of Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain have differed greatly in recent reasons. The All Whites have taken on the form of an unstoppable colossus, rampaging its way to three Champions League titles in the past four seasons and seven consecutive semifinal appearances since 2011. They are the undoubted kings of Europe and the team with nothing to left to prove. PSG are the exact opposite; a team still looking to stake their place with the elite of the elite.
PSG?s quest began with the Qatari takeover in 2011, when the French outfit spent a scarcely believable £841.51 million in transfer fees over the next six years. They acquired the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani, Neymar Jr., and Kylian Mbappe. Yet, despite this massive outlay, PSG have stumbled at every Champions League roadblock since their ambitious project began. They have fallen to Barcelona three times since 2012/13 and have never managed to make it past the quarterfinals. In almost symbolic fashion, the old European guard has worked relentlessly to keep the rising star in France from achieving its full potential. Now, in the round of 16 of the 2017/18 edition of the Champions League, the ultimate of the old European footballing powers stands in the way of the persistent outsiders. While there would still be much work to be done following a victory, a defeat of the back-to-back, twelve-time defending Champions, could provide PSG with enough momentum to create a power shift and spark a new dynasty in Europe.
On an individual level, this potential power shift is reflected in the upcoming duel between Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo and the similarities between the former and the older version of the latter. Like the Ronnie of old, Neymar hangs about in the left half space, is flashy, agile, fast, cocky, and lethal in front of goal.... view: 0
source: managingmadrid
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