We knew we had to press them to win the ball.
Silva was benched for the Ligue 1 fixture against Toulouse on the weekend, but Emery again opted for Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos against the 12-time European champions.
This marquee match-up of two of football's most star-studded and financially flush clubs began in frenetic fashion at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium here on Wednesday night, with Real Madrid forcing PSG out of its comfort zone and also applying some early pressure on visiting net minder Alphonse Areola.
The hosts started well too, while Neymar struggled, slipping when one pass was aimed towards him, complaining as a Luka Modric challenge sent him to the floor and picking up a yellow card for a foul on Nacho.
"We can afford to have a bit of euphoria tonight".
"That is what happens".
"They're the favourites because they're the holders and they've won it three times out of the last four, but we have the capability to overcome them".
But the fact remains that Zinedine Zidane sides do not control games but function as a collective of great stars rather than as an interdependent, mutually supportive constellation. Everything is decided by small details and I don't think the referee helped us. Many feel PSG are morally bankrupt for the petro-dollars they have lavished on their project, but none of that will matter if they conquer Europe.
"We must continue on in this way and defend our Champions League title".
As the second half began, Kylian Mbappe reminded the world of his phenomenal young talent by drawing a smart save from Keylor Navas at the start of the second half. "You can never consider Real Madrid to be dead and buried". "We know we are going to suffer". "It is in these matches that you need to be decisive".
But one man who was not surprised to be mirroring the joy of his teammate was Marcelo, who just three minutes after congratulating Ronaldo was receiving the plaudits himself after arrowing a left-footed volley, with the help of a slight deflection, past the beaten Areola, sending the Madridistas behind the goal into scenes of delirium.
"Everybody played their role", he said.
"The result makes you look at things in a different way".
Despite his team's strong position, Ronaldo warned there was still work to do heading into the second leg in Paris on March 6.
"With Isco we were looking for superiority in the centre of the park", he said. "We have to be optimistic ahead of the second leg, and play again as we did today, when we created a lot of chances". "That is what we looked for, and it went well for us".
Ronaldo fizzed a shot over the bar at the other end but made no mistake when Giovani Lo Celso was penalised for tugging Toni Kroos's shirt in the area. We have a good advantage for the return thanks to those two late goals.
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