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Alves out to thwart Real and stun Europe

 

By Martin Kelly

Paris St Germain's Dani Alves wants to "send a message to Europe" by ending Real Madrid's Champions League defence.

The former Barcelona full-back is used to high-profile clashes with Real and is relishing the challenge of turning around a 3-1 first-leg deficit tonight.

Adrien Rabiot's opener in Madrid was not enough to put PSG on top in the tie, with Cristiano Ronaldo's double and a Marcelo strike giving Real the advantage, but the away goal gives them hope with a 2-0 win at the Parc des Princes sufficient.

Alves said: "It's a challenge for us, an opportunity to change the course of our history and eliminate the holders. We could have had a better result in the first leg. We were superior in the game and had the better chances. It made us think we can knock them out.

"There is no greater motivation. We are going to try to knock out a strong opponent and send a message to Europe.

"We have to start the match with this mentality. We have to believe and we have to do it."

Coach Unai Emery echoed his player's thoughts, claiming: "I want to see the best Real because I think we can beat them.

"It is a unique moment, a big chance to take a step forward in front of our supporters."

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