"We can afford to have a bit of euphoria tonight". "We always say the same things, we always do the same things, and in the end, we are always floored in the same way, " Rabiot added.
Now 33, Ronaldo goes in for fewer 50-yard bursts of pace, but he knows exactly how to be in the right place at the right time.
Real had already suffered for large spells of Wednesday's match, before PSG collapsed defensively in the closing stages, unable to adjust after Zidane sent on Marco Asensio.
In the lead up to the blockbuster clash, the Brazil global has been linked with a shock switch to Madrid, despite only joining PSG past year.
When a club have spent over €400 million to assemble a side hell-bent on Champions League riches, you expect to be left with more than a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine long before the climax in Kiev.
"With Ronaldo it's hard to always say the same thing".
On the field, in Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid have the current Ballon d'Or and a player who has scored 99 times for them in the Champions League.
Zinedine Zidane made all the right moves against Paris Saint-Germain.
"We can also speak about the referee", Al-Khelaifi said.
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"I think we sat back a bit more in the second half, but we played better, had more chances and scored two more goals".
PSG had hoped the major summer acquisitions of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could help them to a first Champions League title having been eliminated in stunning fashion by Barcelona previous year.
If ever a coach put their job on the line, it was Unai Emery heading into a must-win UCL tie.
Emery went even further, dropping his captain Thiago Silva to make way for 22-year-old Presnel Kimpembe in the centre of the PSG defence.
"Players like Neymar deserve better allies on the bench", wrote Rafa Cabeleira in El Pais. We have to be optimistic and positive for the match in Paris.
Emery tried to turn the focus on Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi, saying the penalty the hosts got for a Lo Celso challenge on Toni Kroos was soft.
And Dijon responded to Rabiot via Twitter post-match, writing: "We did everything to give PSG confidence before Real Madrid..."
"It has nothing to do with the performance, or who deserves it more, Real Madrid appear when it's needed and they've been doing now for four years now".
Its looking like a massive summer for Real Madrid, and as per usual Manchester United could well be involved in the hysteria as well.
Barry Bennell convicted of further indecent assault offences
Mr Unsworth said: "We stand before you today as men united in justice, but this is about so much more than us". Bennell, who had part of his tongue removed due to cancer, appeared in court via videolink for health reasons.