A 'Real'ity check for PSG

But the players and management didn't do theirs, again.

In a poll on Mundo Deportivo's website, Barcelona fans made their feelings clear with 69% of 5,000 voters saying they would not bring him back to Catalonia, compared to 31% of readers who would.

A tremendous performance and a 16th goal of the season.

Madrid could have had further goals breaking forward on counterattacks, with Asensio and Ronaldo hitting the post. We're on the right track. We sang until we couldn't sing anymore including through the half time interval.

Snubbed for Real's two biggest games of the season so far, Bale would appear to have reached a crossroads in his relationship with Zidane, whose explanation afterwards was brief but revealing.

"This club has had its limits in this competition in the past and now we need to go beyond them to keep on progressing as a club", warned PSG defender Dani Alves, a former Champions League winner with Barcelona.

In some ways, PSG have made great strides in the seven years since the Qataris took control back in 2011.

The striker is recuperating in Brazil after suffering a broken metatarsal, which ruled him out of their Champions League second leg clash with Real Madrid. But if you have ambitions to win the competition outright then you will have to overcome such obstacles at some stage. After all, and money aside, any star player signing for PSG will be seduced by the prospect of Champions' League glory rather than domestic trophies. Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the tournament with 117. Real Madrid are the defending champions and are expert in navigating through difficult terrains as this. In the Champions League, however, they somehow seem to sneak out victories.

Zinedine Zidane brushed aside Unai Emery's Champions League challenge by sticking to the collective emphasis that has served Real well in recent seasons. The suggestion is Zidane has doubts about Bale's defensive work against more dangerous opponents, a category that certainly includes PSG.

"Playing Lucas and Marco, [Tuesday] it was important to have two lines of four", Zidane said. Lashing out at ignorant football fanatics, Zidane thinks that those who criticize Benzema must know about the Real Madrid footballer and more importantly about the beautiful game.

"Gareth is one of them".

Middle-Eastern oligarchs also bankroll Manchester City - the obvious template for PSG to follow.

Do PSG throw another bucket-load of cash at it and hope it moulds together?

But that does not mean Eibar are a small club: currently eighth in the Primera Division and two points off Villarreal in sixth, Los Armeros are on the up and attempting to increase their international profile with supporters' groups springing up in Germany, the U.S., Venezuela and China, among others.