Di Maria will get warm welcome on Madrid return – Marcelo

The left-back expects his former team-mate to be given a nice cheer upon his return to the Santiago Bernabeu this week with Paris Saint-Germain


Marcelo believes former Real Madrid team-mate Angel Di Maria will be given a good reception when he returns to the Santiago Bernabeu with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Di Maria spent four years alongside Marcelo in the Spanish capital, helping Madrid to capture their 10th European Cup, while also winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey twice during his time at the club.

The pair will come face to face this week when Di Maria returns for the first time since leaving for Manchester United in 2014, before joining the French champions last summer.

“I think Di Maria will get a good reception,” Marcelo said on Monday.

“It was great to play with him. Di Maria is a great player and a great friend. I wish him the best. But we should not just concentrate on one PSG player – we must think about their whole team.

“I expect a very tough game. PSG are a team with high-quality players, I expect a tough match.”

Madrid and PSG are level on seven points at the top of Group A and drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture last month.

A victory for either side could go a long way to deciding who progresses as group winners, with Marcelo aware of the importance the fixture holds.

“It’s going to be a key match. All of the players want to play, it’s like a final. We will play it with plenty of enthusiasm,” he added.

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