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Bale out, Asensio and Vázquez in

Bale out, Asensio and Vázquez in

Zinedine Zidane maintains that Gareth Bale is "a very important" player for Real Madrid, despite the Welshman failing to start either game against Paris Saint-Germain.

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos miss out for Real Madrid at Parc des Princes in the second leg of the Champions League last-16.

"Paris were perhaps not as good, but that's maybe because we played well. Don't worry about him not playing this tie because he will play".

Bale was named Madrid's player of the month in January, but his omission means he will not start either leg against PSG. "I have to choose players and Gareth is a really important player and will be until the end", the coach said. "We have to stay united, as we were tonight".

Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Mateo Kovacic were the surprise inclusions in the starting XI, but the less experienced members of the Los Blancos squad justified Zidane's tactical decision. Dani Carvajal is back from suspension, however, and should start at right-back and Nacho is not comfortable at left-back while Marcelo completed the best part of 30 minutes against Getafe at the weekend meaning he should be good to go.

PSG managed to grab a fortunate equaliser through Edinson Cavani after Marco Verratti was sent off for confronting the referee over not being given a free-kick, before Casemiro's deflected effort rounded out the scoring.

"We've had hard moments in La Liga and Copa del Rey, but it's always hard to maintain the same level while playing every three days". I'm here to pick the players and prepare them for the match. "You can't always win everything, but we're winning now in La Liga and we have to look ahead to our game with Eibar on Saturday".

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