When the Champions League Round of 16 draw was announced, the tie that caught the attention of absolutely everyone was Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Madrid.
At the time, PSG were running away with Ligue 1 while the current Spanish, European and world champions were desperately struggling for form in their La Liga title defence.
So, the Champions League holders actually went into the two-legged clash as slight underdogs but reigned supreme on Wednesday as they recorded a big 3-1 win.
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One man who knows all about playing against Madrid is former Barcelona captain Xavi, who represented the Catalans a whopping 767 times during his glittering career with the club.
The Spaniard has been analysing Real 3-1 Paris, and in addition to claiming Los Blancos "hurt the opponent with nothing", he's launched a scathing attack on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Advantage Real after first-leg
Adrien Rabiot gave PSG the lead at the Bernabeu, but Ronaldo equalised from the penalty spot and Madrid took control of the tie late on with further goals from Cristiano and Marcelo.
That said, Paris did look very menacing going forward, and Xavi has expressed his disbelief that Unai Emery's men didn't score a second goal and go on to win the first-leg.
Xavi's analysis of Real 3-1 Paris
The 38-year-old midfield legend told So Foot, via Marca: "Madrid have something. Against them, you can never lose your chance, otherwise they will punish you.
"But the worst thing is that they hurt the opponent (Paris) with nothing. A counterattack was enough to take the victory... F**k.
"You almost think it's an injustice that PSG lost by such a big margin because it was a game that should have ended 1-1, 2-2 or 2-1 for PSG."
Xavi continued: "It's inexplicable, Real Madrid didn't play, but still won... In this match, there were several phases, very different from each other, and there was a moment in which PSG dominated clearly.
"During those siege minutes in the Madrid area, it was at that precise moment that PSG should have scored the second."
Xavi slams Cristiano's display
If that wasn't enough, the Spaniard went on to criticise Ronaldo's overall performance, despite his brace, suggesting ex-teammate Neymar outshone the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
The "king of tiki-taka", now at Qatari club Al Sadd SC, said: "They said that Cristiano was still better than Neymar. No, no, it's unfair. What did Ronaldo do in the game?
"Scored a penalty and a knee goal... But what about the dangerous situations created by Neymar? And the counterattacks that he launched, the fear that he sowed in Madrid?"
Xavi did give Los Blancos somewhat of a backhanded compliment when he claimed: "They don't care if they are superior, if they are dominated. Their philosophy is simply to win."
After these stunning comments from Xavi, it'll be interesting to see what happens in the French capital on March 6 when PSG host Zinedine Zidane's side in the return leg.
What is YOUR opinion on Xavi's incredible analysis on Real 3-1 Paris - and Cristiano vs. Neymar? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!
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