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The new PSG boss is a big fan of his opposite number at the Santiago Bernabeu, while James Rodriguez and Raphael Varane are keen to make a bid for regular action.
The International Champions Cup brings an early test for new Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as he goes up against one of his footballing heroes, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
Emery lifted three straight Europa League titles with Sevilla before taking over from Laurent Blanc in the French capital.
And speaking before the two teams clash in Columbus, Ohio, he made plain his admiration for the Blancos coach.
"With Real Madrid and, in this case, Zidane, two great footballing icons are brought together," Emery told reporters in a conference call as part of PSG's participation in the International Champions Cup. "Real Madrid because of their history as a club and Zidane because of the great footballer he was.
"Logically, translating all of that into the role of coach is not easy and the first works of Zidane, with that title in the Champions League, show there is a continuity in his work as coach from what he was as a player.
"He is at a great club in Real Madrid, one of the best clubs in the world, he was one of the best players in the world and possibly, with the work he is carrying out, he may also be one of the best coaches in the world."
The bulk of Madrid's squad arrived in Columbus on Tuesday, while Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Sergio Ramos are set to join up later ahead of the ICC clash.
And James in particular has something to prove after failing to show his best football during a difficult 2015-16 season.
Nevertheless, the Colombia international is determined to show his worth to Zidane despite rumours of a Bernabeu exit.
"At Real Madrid this season I hope to play more," he told Caracol TV.
"I want it to be a good season, and to perform at a high level."
Raphael Varane expressed similar sentiments after spending much of the last campaign playing back-up to Sergio Ramos and Pepe in the centre of defence.
"Yes, I want to stay here this year. I think everything is here for me to continue my progression," the French star told a news conference.
"I feel loved by the club and by the fans who have always treated me almost like a youth product.
"The best players are here, everything is here for me to keep improving and I'm really enthusiastic about improving. The best is still ahead of me."
"In life you take decisions, I spoke with the club, I spoke with Zizou and I trust that I'm going to keep improving here and the best of me is still to come.
"I've chosen to stay here because I want to be here and I want to be in Madrid."
By Matthew Galea
Zinedine Zidane got a first look at Real Madrid ahead of the new season, but his team was outclassed by a fitter, sharper PSG.
Real Madrid's preseason got off to a less-than-ideal start as it came undone against a much sharper, fitter Paris Saint-Germain.
The European champions kicked off their preseason tour of the United States with a 3-1 loss at the hands of the French champions as Zinedine Zidane got a first look at his team in a match-day environment.
Substitute defender Thomas Meunier scored twice in the first half to set up the win, adding to Jonathan Ikone's opener inside two minutes as PSG stamped its authority on the contest early.
The returning Alvaro Morata slotted straight into the sole-striking role in his first appearance since leaving Juventus, as Zidane's first-half XI also included Isco, Rafael Varane and Jese Rodriguez.
PSG coach Unai Emery was overseeing the club's third preseason friendly after beating West Brom 2-1 and Inter 3-1 in its ICC opener on Sunday.
Thiago Silva, Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani all started for PSG as Emery looked to step up the pace.
And proceedings got off to a perfect start as teenager Ikone tore through the Madrid defense — which struggled to muster a tackle on the 18-year-old — to score the opener before the contest was two minutes old, dribbling past a four helpless defenders before slotting the ball past Francisco Casilla in the Madrid goals.
Silva was substituted with an injury after just 10 minutes, following a poor challenge he committed and received a yellow card for, with Meunier coming on to replace him.
While the right back's introduction was forced, it proved an inspired one as he thrashed in an amazing strike 34 minutes in following another terrible turnover from the Madrid defense as it looked to play the ball out from the back.
Meunier gave Madrid no time to react as he lashed a strike beyond Casilla before he could even move to double PSG's advantage, and he would make it 3-0 not long after as he capitalized on more terrible defending to nudge the ball home after a scrap in the Madrid penalty area.
Marcelo scored Madrid's first-half consolation as the opening 45 minutes drew to a close, converting a penalty following a defensive handball to deny Kevin Trapp a clean sheet.
Zidane sent out a completely different team for the second half, with Marco Asensio, Martin Odegaard and Dani Carvajal all coming on, while he also called on his son Enzo, who replaced Lucas Vazquez.