Neymar nets victor as PSG limber up for Real

Brazil great Ronaldo wants Real Madrid to land PSG superstar Neymar

Brazil great Ronaldo wants Real Madrid to land PSG superstar Neymar

With a win over a struggling Real Sociedad side on Saturday, they can climb up another rung, taking third place back for themselves.

PSG had not been at their fluent best but had done the job and they carry French hopes in the Champions League.

Neymar has starred for PSG this season, scoring 28 goals in 27 games in all competitions following his arrival from Barcelona.

Neymar's PSG will lock horns with Real Madrid, who are a staggering 19 points behind league leaders Barcelona, in the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has ruled veteran midfielder Thiago Motta out of his starting XI for next week's Champions League round-of-16 first-leg clash away at Real Madrid and possibly out of the squad as well.

Zidane rested Casemiro and Gareth Bale, the Frenchman bringing off Luka Modric for the last half-hour, and Ramos acknowledged the clear drop in intensity in Madrid's second-half display.

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal backed Karim Benzema to find form after the forward was again jeered by fans on Saturday.

"Real? I think we're ready".

PSG also appear unlikely to sign Ronaldo with the Ligue 1 giants content with what they have.

But sloppy defending allowed Jon Bautista and Asier Illarramendi to score late consolations for the visitors, although Cristiano Ronaldo completed the scoring by wrapping up a flawless hat-trick. From the first minute the game has been uphill.

Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont did most to keep PSG at bay with a string of fine saves before Angel Di Maria set up Neymar to lash home a 68th-minute victor. "Hopefully we won't hear any more of this".

But, Neymar seemed to have suffered a few kicks during the Ligue 1 encounter and the goalscorer shared a picture of his ankles on Instagram after the game. "We played well and we're going to be able to prepare for Real well".

According to Balague, who works for Sky Sports as an expert on Spanish football, Madrid have received no offers for either player since the summer - and none of those were from Liverpool anyway.

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