French giants Paris Saint-Germain started their latest quest for Champions League success with a statement win over Real Madrid on Wednesday.
With Neymar suspended and Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani sidelined by injury, Angel Di Maria stepped up in their absence by grabbing two first-half goals in a 3-0 victory at the Parc des Princes.
Thomas Meunier scored the third late on as Madrid were soundly trounced in their Group A opener with Eden Hazard kept quiet on his full debut.
“There’s no message sent, but we dominated this game very well,” PSG captain Thiago Silva informed RMC Sport.
“We have to play like this all the time, in the league as well, with character and hunger.”
Real, the 13-time European champions, are still favourites to advance from a section that includes Club Brugge and Galatasaray.
But this kind of disgraceful loss underscored the work that lies ahead for coach Zinedine Zidane.