Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is confident his side can get the better of Real Madrid when the two European heavyweights meet in the knockout stages of the Champions League early next year.
Les Parisiens have been one of the form teams in Europe so far this season and they can consider themselves a little bit unlucky to have been drawn against reigning champions Real in the first knockout round of Europe’s premier club competition.
PSG will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season when they were knocked out at the last 16 stage by Barcelona despite holding a 4-0 advantage heading into the second-leg.
Neymar formed part of the Barcelona team during that tie, but he is now very much a PSG player and he is convinced his current employers can right the wrongs of last year and book their place in the quarter-finals at the expense of Real.
“We know it will be a difficult game. Real Madrid’s players have been playing together for many years and aspire to their third consecutive title,” Neymar told reporters.
“But I know we can beat them. We want to make history and we will do everything possible to defeat them.”
The first leg of the heavyweight tussle is due to take place at the Bernabeu on February 14, while the return fixture in Paris is scheduled for March 6.
PSG are priced at 5.00 to go on and win the Champions League for the first time this season, while the Spanish capital club are available at 9.00 to claim the title for the third successive year.