Bayern Munich host Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg clash with the Germans holding a 1-0 lead from leg one. The French giants have won all three of their games since their narrow defeat at Parc des Princes while Julian Nagelsmann’s side have lost one and won the other two. Both sides top their respective domestic leagues and Christophe Galtier’s men are eight points clear outright in Ligue 1 while Bayern are level with Borussia Dortmund. PSG are without Neymar and Presnel Kimpembe for this one after the Brazilian’s surgery was confirmed by the club on Monday with a three to four-month absence expected. Benjamin Pavard is suspended for the hosts and Manuel Neuer as well as Lucas Hernandez are out injured. Kylian Mbappe became PSG’s all-time top scorer with his 201st goal against FC Nantes in Ligue 1 over the weekend.
We are well prepared and I am curious to see how PSG start the game, said Thomas Muller pre-game. We may have the chance to pressure them. I know PSG, but I do not watch five or six consecutive 90-minute games. When I see their highlights, you always see a contribution from Neymar. Sometimes he can decide a game with a single action.
It’s an important match, we knew that after the first leg, there was still the second leg to play, said PSG’s Marco Verratti later. We lost 1-0 at home, so they have a slight advantage but everything is still to play for. To get through, we will need to put in a top performance against a top side. We believe in ourselves, we will need to perform very well to take the qualification back to Paris.
It’s important to arrive here feeling confident, added the Italian. After the defeat in the first leg, we spoke a lot and we picked up three wins on the trot, we have found our feet again, as well as the tactical system from the start of the season. We will need to be at our best to win this match, Bayern also want to qualify. There will be a lot of top players on the pitch. We want to enjoy ourselves and go out and qualify. Tomorrow, out on the pitch, we will need to show that we are strong and win here.
The season doesn’t come down to just this match, argued Galtier. Every match is important. It’s a very difficult competition, there will be a winner and a loser tomorrow. But we play every match with the ambition of winning it. The Champions League is a very important objective, we want to go as far as we possibly can. We will need to have a much more defiant approach than what we showed in the first leg. If we are in that mindset, we have the opportunity to qualify.
It’s the most anticipated matchup of the round of 16 as two serious championship contenders square off in what many consider to be an early final. On the one hand there will be the leaders of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich, an always tough team that has the virtue of becoming very strong in the UEFA Champions League.
And as if that were not enough, in the first leg as visitors they won 1-0, so their favoritism grew even more. However, they should not be overconfident since their rivals are nothing less than Paris Saint-Germain, the leaders of Ligue 1, with all their stars, such as Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.