'Neymar needs to believe in PSG' after Real Madrid loss

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Iconic Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi was scathing of Paris Saint-Germain following their Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Real Madrid, labelling the Ligue 1 leaders a "very weak opponent".

The double defending champions held a 3-1 lead from the first leg and, aided by the absence of Neymar, nullified the French side in Tuesday's second leg amid the billowing smoke of flares at an intimidating Parc des Princes to win 2-1.

Cristiano Ronaldo's pinpoint header and Casemiro's deflected shot sandwiched a pinball goal from the home side to secure a second successive win in the tie.

"I speak with him practically every day, so yes we have agreed between us that we would see each other again later on in this competition", said Paris defender Dani Alves when asked if he had been in touch with his fellow Brazil worldwide.

Having broken a toe in a league match against Marseille, the 222-million-euro signing watched the game in Brazil where he is recovering from surgery.

One thing that is unlikely to happen is Neymar leaving, despite ongoing speculation that the Brazilian has not settled in France.

"I don't think it was that much", he said when asked about the difference between the teams. That strategy will be tested in April, given Real host city rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga the weekend before their quarterfinal second leg. We did that really well. "We didn't do what we needed to do to win", he said.

"The Champions League was a very important goal for PSG, but with our experience we imposed ourselves in both matches", Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

PSG's latest loss happens to be the second one they exit at the last 16 stage, and this appears to have drawn the last straw as Emery will reportedly no longer be leading the club next season, according to Telegraph.

Which is why rumours linking Mauricio Pochettino are likely to return as the Argentine continues to impress and build his reputation at Tottenham Hotspur.

Ronaldo meanwhile will be laughing at those who speculated earlier in the season that at 33 his powers were waning.

Zinedine Zidane's side, who are aiming for their third straight Champions League crown, were solid throughout and fully deserved their win.

The Champions League holders will find out their quarter-final fate next Friday when the draw takes place in Nyon.