Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal said there is no ‘magic formula’ to stop Neymar as he hopes the Paris Saint-Germain star will have an off day.
Neymar shapes a huge threat to Madrid as PSG prepare to visit the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.
Carvajal, who is suspended for the opening clash, said his team simply needs to hope the Brazilian will be below his best.
‘To play against Neymar, there is no magic formula,’ he said, via AS.
‘You just hope he doesn’t have his day. I hope he doesn’t have his day on Wednesday.’
Having struggled in La Liga this season, the Champions League is set to be Madrid’s last chance at another trophy this campaign.
Carvajal insists there were no favourites for the tie against PSG, who are flying high in Ligue 1.
‘There is no favourite in a battle like that. The knockout stages are very even, they are decided on little details,’ he said.
‘We will try to not commit any errors and to get it right in the area.’