Years back, Real Madrid had stars such as Figo and Ronaldo, who also played with Barcelona. PSG's manager watched his team collapse in Catalonia last season, a 4-0 first-leg lead overturned when Barcelona scored three times in seven minutes to win 6-1 but he insisted PSG are better prepared to face Real Madrid.
But given the importance of securing a first leg advantage, coupled with Real's defensive fragility this season, it's likely Zidane will set his side up in a proactive system. This is a game that has enough superstars to beat the all-star game and as a result, we should be very well entertained.
"We're in a great moment, really, working well in every tournament". It is not a final for me.
"It is now a game where you can not even guess at valuations anymore".
The South American duo appear to be pretty close, and when asked by Sport about their bond, Coutinho said: "We were at Liverpool together and when I signed for them he helped me a lot". He scored just four times in Real's first 18 La Liga games, his slow start following a summer overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion.
"Playing against PSG as someone from Marseille, there has always been a rivalry there, but I'm not going to think about that".
The five times Balon d'Or victor will be hoping to carry his new-found form into the clash with PSG, but he thinks they only have a chance of winning the match if one player does not start. That's normal, I'm going to enjoy this.
"I don't think that will be on their mind", the Real Madrid full-back Marcelo said, but surely something remains, some scar, and Unai did eventually say: "Maybe the preparation for this match started in that game". That is what I'm concentrating on.
"I'm only thinking about the game as it's the only thing we can control so we're focusing on preparing for the game and we'll see what happens".
But Neymar can nearly do and say what he wants, as long as his performances on the field satisfy PSG's Qatari owners after they invested a world-record €222m to sign him.
The absence of Carvajal is a setback for Zidane but the versatile Nacho is ready to cover and the Real boss will still have plenty of options elsewhere in his team.
Last season he netted ten times in the knockout stages, which included hat-tricks in the quarter and semi finals and a brace in the final victory against Juventus.
Zidane last month revealed that he had signed a new contract at the Bernabeu until 2020, and the respect with which he is held by those within the club, the supporters and the media means there has been no campaign calling for his head.
"I have no doubt that is what cost us the previous years".