Real Madrid must continue revival to convince fans, admits under-fire Rafa Benitez

PSV Eindhoven boss Phillip Cocu has vowed that his side will do everything in their power to ensure tonight’s crunch Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow is an “unforgettable” and triumphant occasion for the Dutch club.

A win at the Philips Stadion in what is their final Group B contest will guarantee PSV — currently third in the pool — a place in the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since 2006-07. Cocu said: “We will do everything to make this an unforgettable evening.”

The way the group has shaped up means that PSV would make it through with a draw on Tuesday if second-placed Manchester United lose at leaders Wolfsburg.

But Cocu stressed: “We go into the game with the objective to win. We need belief and must also make sure we are well prepared.”

CSKA still have something to play for on Tuesday, knowing a win will secure them third place and, thus, qualification for the Europa League.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez wants his side to replicate their first-half showing against Getafe for the whole of tonight’s match with Malmo to prove to supporters they are heading in the right direction.

Madrid have won four successive games since crisis talk hit in the wake of back-to-back league defeats to Sevilla and Barcelona, the latter a humiliating 4-0 mauling at the Bernabeu.

However, Madrid have still not convinced during that run, with the team almost surrendering a 4-0 lead in the last 13 minutes against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League a fortnight ago and then going off the boil against Getafe on Saturday.

The 10-time European champions looked on course for a huge win in that match as they scored four times in the opening 38 minutes, but it was Getafe who struck the only goal of the second half as Madrid had to settle for a 4-1 win.

Now Benitez is demanding a complete performance from his players as they play host to struggling Malmo in the Champions League, with top spot in Group A already assured.

He said: “To convince the fans that we’re well, we need to play 90 minutes like the first half against Getafe and continue with this run of wins.

“Against Malmo we want to win and maintain the confidence that we have. It’s not a game that has a lot riding on it, but to win would be another important boost.”

With progress already secured after picking up 13 points from a possible 15, Benitez will ring the changes for the visit of bottom-placed Malmo.

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, and Keylor Navas have been rested, while defensive trio Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, and Raphael Varane are not fully fit.

Meanwhile, Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc insists he will take nothing for granted against Shakhtar Donetsk despite his side having already guaranteed qualification as Group A runners-up. Blanc said: “We cannot forget that this is a Champions League match and my team’s determination will be the same as it has been since the beginning of the season.”

Sevilla head coach Unai Emery believes the club’s fans hold the key as his side bid to clinch a third-place finish with victory over Champions League Group D rivals Juventus at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

Juventus and Manchester City have already qualified for the knockout stages with one group game remaining, leaving Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach to fight over third spot, which would guarantee Emery’s side the chance to defend their Europa League crown.

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