Di Maria: CL anthem transforms Madrid

Angel Di Maria has warned his Paris Saint-Germain teammates that his former club Real Madrid are ‘transformed’ by the Champions League.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have struggled domestically this season yet have won back-to-back Champions League crowns, while Di Maria won the trophy with the club in 2014.

“The Champions League anthem transforms Real Madrid,” Di Maria told PSG’s official media.

“They are a great team regardless of the circumstances, but they always perform at their best in this competition – it’s totally different from league competition.

“It is very hard to control matches against Madrid as they do not set out to control possession and space, so we must focus on playing our natural game.

“We need to replicate the performances we have generated to date this season and especially to stay focused in defence, as we know what talent and ability they have.”

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