Emery: PSG need to step up

05 March 2018 09:05:05 EST

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery has called on his players to rise to the challenge of trying to knock holders Real Madrid out of the Champions League.

The French outfit welcome the two-time defending champions to Paris on Tuesday for the second leg of their last-16 tie, with Real holding a 3-1 advantage from the first leg in the Bernabeu.

If we play the way we can, that's what will decide the game.

Unai Emery

And PSG will have to try and turn the tie around without world record signing Neymar, who is sidelined by a foot injury which has forced him to undergo surgery.

However, Emery refuses to be too downbeat for the task ahead, with PSG set to be boosted by the return of forward Kylian Mbappe, who has overcome a foot injury of his own to rejoin full training ahead of the game.

Former Sevilla and Valencia coach Emery told reporters: "When one player is missing, it opens a door for someone else. Tomorrow, all our players will be important - the starters and those who come on during the game.

"If we play the way we can, that's what will decide the game. I hope for the best possible performance from Madrid with their best players, because I want us to be better than them."

Meanwhile, veteran wing-back Dani Alves says he and his PSG team-mates have to just get on with the job and forget about the absence of his fellow Brazilian.

He added: "It's impossible not to feel the absence of a player like Neymar, but either you cry or you get on with it and I choose the second option.

"I speak with him practically every day and we've said we'll meet again later in the competition."

PSG can be backed at 5/2 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals and are 28/1 to do so after extra-time, with the French side 50/1 to progress following a penalty shootout.

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