Make no mistake: This is a very important game for Real Madrid two months into the 2015/2016 season. The two matches against PSG could very well decide Real's future in the Champions League and there are more than enough reasons to question Madrid's performances so far.
With Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodríguez missing the match with injuries, Benítez might as well deploy a defensive starting XI to contain PSG's talented attackers. However, the Spanish manager needs to make a statement about the style of his team and tonight seems like the perfect day to get a convincing win against one of the top teams in the European competition.
Either way, these two teams will meet again in two weeks at the Santiago Bernabéu. Benzema and Bale should be ready for that match and maybe James will recover in time as well. For the time being, Madrid will have to do without them tonight.
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Date & Time: Wednesday, October 21 (20:45 local time, 14:45 EST).
Venue: Le Parc des Princes, Paris, France.
Projected Real Madrid XI: Navas, Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Ronaldo, Jesé.
Players to watch: Ramos, Navas, Jesé.
TV Information: FOX Deportes (United States), BT Sport Extra (United Kingdom), SuperSport 3 Africa (Kenya), BeIN Sports (Spain), Others.
Stream information: Others.