PSG are up against it, all the more so with Neymar, the world’s most expensive player missing as he recovers in Brazil following a foot operation.But the lavish spending of the Paris club’s Qatari owners in recent years means there is enough quality in their squad for them to maintain hope of turning the tie around even without their 222-million-euro ($275 million) talisman.In the absence of their star Neymar, PSG will be counting on the Champions League experience of former winner Dani Alves, pictured in the centre, against Real Madrid © AFP / FRANCK FIFE“This club has had its limits in this competition in the past and now we need to go beyond them to keep on progressing as a club,” warned PSG defender Dani Alves, a former Champions League winner with Barcelona.“We have a unique opportunity to change the history of the club. We need to believe we can do it,” the 34-year-old Brazilian said.Elimination, after PSG had taken the lead in the first leg, would surely hasten the departure of Spanish coach Unai Emery.He has never completely won over the doubters and has never previously made it past the last 16 in this competition, with the 6-1 humiliation in Barcelona a year ago still fresh in the memory.– End of a cycle? –Out of contract at the end of this season, Emery is relying on big performances from players like Thiago Silva and Angel Di Maria, who were both left out in the first leg.A victory for the hosts in the French capital would be the most significant result for PSG since the Qatari takeover in 2011, after four straight quarter-final eliminations and the collapse in Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago.But another premature exit would raise questions as to the long-term viability of the Qatar project — the money spent on Neymar, the 180 million euros committed to signing French starlet Kylian Mbappe and a host of other big transfer fees, was meant to fast-track the club to European glory.An exit would also see PSG lose out on extra millions on offer for further progress in Europe, money which would help them meet UEFA’s financial fair play rules.“Certain narrow-minded people will no doubt take great pleasure from going back over the investments of last summer,” former PSG player David Ginola told Le Parisien newspaper when asked what the reaction would be to a defeat.“But for now let’s leave open the possibility that PSG will make us dream.”There is a precedent for the Parisians overturning a 3-1 deficit against Real, and Ginola remembers it well — he scored as the French side beat the Spanish giants 4-1 in their UEFA Cup quarter-final second leg in 1993.It was with a nod to that game that the headline on the cover of sports daily L’Equipe on Tuesday screamed: “To Be Repeated”.Such an exploit would be bad news for Real coach Zinedine Zidane, with the Spanish giants throwing everything into their quest to win a third consecutive Champions League.They are currently third in La Liga, 15 points behind leaders Barcelona, and are long since out of the Copa del Rey.Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 first-leg victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the Spanish capital © AFP / FRANCK FIFEWithout continued progress in the Champions League, it will be a long couple of months until the end of the season for Real.“After the game, it’s going to be difficult for one of the two teams, but that is football,” admitted Zidane, one of France’s most celebrated players.His remarkable record in his first two years in charge at the Bernabeu means sacking him would not be easy for club president Florentino Perez.However, a first last-16 exit for Madrid since 2010 may signal the end of a cycle.Ronaldo, who scored his 100th Champions League goal for Real in the first leg, is 33 now and Perez is likely to step up the search for a new megastar signing in the summer, win or lose on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is unlikely to remain in his job long if the Qatari-backed side are knocked out of the Champions League © AFP / FRANCK FIFEParis, France, Mar 6 – Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid meet on Tuesday in a huge Champions League clash that will make or break both clubs’ seasons, with severe consequences for the loser.Two-time reigning European champions Real are in the box seat coming into the round of 16, second leg match at the Parc des Princes, having won 3-1 when the clubs met in Spain last month when Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice.
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The Supreme Court has questioned the lack of separate schools and distinctly trained teachers for students who suffer from autism, blindness and deafness.The apex court observed that it is “impossible to think” that children, who are disabled or suffer from any kind of disability or are mentally challenged, can be imparted education in mainstream schools along with normal children.A Bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, said that access to education has now been regarded as a fundamental right under Article 21A and there was a statutory obligation on the States to provide education under the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsary Education Act, 2009.Treat them as special“We are of the prima facie view that the children with special needs have to be imparted education not only by special teachers but there have to be special schools for them,” the Bench said.It asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file an affidavit keeping its observation in mind in four weeks and specify when the State is going to meet the obligation. It listed the matter for further hearing on November 27.“When we say ‘disability’, we do not mean ‘disability’ as has been defined in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 includes certain physical disabilities which may not be a warrant for getting admission in special schools,” the bench said.Emphasising the need for a separate system, the court said: “The students who suffer from blindness, deafness and autism or such types of disorder may be required to have separate schools with distinctly trained teachers.”The Bench was hearing a plea filed by Rajneesh Kumar Pandey through advocate Prashant Shukla, claiming lack of sufficient number of special educators in Uttar Pradesh and other States to teach the children with special needs.‘UP already on it’Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati appearing for Uttar Pradesh said the State was committed to imparting education to the children with special needs.She said the State had already commenced the procedure for engaging 12,000 teachers, of whom some would be teachers for such special children.Counsel for Centre said that under the new integrated education scheme, special children were being taught along with normal children.The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the UP government claimed that children with special needs were being taught under the integrated scheme to ensure they do not get demoralised or feel alienated.As a confidence-boosting stepIt was contended that teaching such children along with the normal kids without disability would boost the confidence of those disabled and stop their isolation from the normal environment in schools.The petition, filed by 17 teachers who claim to have undertaken the training required to teach special children, has contended that to make Right to Education a success, it is necessary that qualified special educators are there in each school so that disabled kids can be prepared to face the challenges of life.The Punjab government was also faced with the same query from the Bench in a similar matter in the apex court.