Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Real Madrid fans to give their "unconditional support" to the team when Paris Saint-Germain visit the Santiago Bernabeu in Wednesday's eagerly anticipated Champions League clash.
0 - PSG have not progressed further than the quarter-finals in the last five Champions League seasons.
"My relationship with Madrid is finished because my cycle there ended", he told French publication So Foot.
That has led to speculation that the Frenchman's future as manager is on the line against a feared PSG side, with the two-time defending European champions putting all their hopes in the Champions League going into the first leg of this tie.
This is the first time that Zidane, a World Cup victor with France, has come up against a side from his home country as a coach.
Neymar, meanwhile, is seen by many in Madrid as the man Real president Florentino Perez should try to sign to succeed Ronaldo, now 33. We're facing an opponent with a lot of experience and players who can make the difference at any minute. This side has some of the best players in the world and although they have not been in top form, they still have the ability to win any game. Continuing their longest run in the history of Champions League, Madrid are playing their 21st consecutive season.
"He's a great coach, it's true we're not in the situation we want to be but he's doing everything to get us back to where we were".
Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos backed Neymar to shine against Real Madrid despite being linked with a move to the LaLiga giants. The only right-back available to the reigning champions is Achraf Hakimi. "Any fan would like to have Neymar in their team".
"We're not going to change what people think of us, all we can do is work hard, and working hard is my passion", he added.
"We have prepared as we usually do".
However, one of the Qatar-owned club´s most experienced players, Thiago Motta, was left out of the squad by coach Unai Emery.
Recent signing Lassana Diarra is expected to come into the PSG line-up against the club he represented between 2009 and 2012.
PSG dream of following in Real's footsteps and becoming kings of Europe, a year after their humiliating exit in the last 16 at the hands of Barcelona.
As many as 1,800 police officers will be on duty to look out for trouble on what has been classified a "high risk" occasion.