PREVIEW: PSG VS BAYERN MUNICH, Will Hansi Flick's Team BE ABLE TO Turn the Tie Around in Paris?
PSG VS BAYERN MUNICH
Paris Saint-Germain lead from the first leg of the quarterfinal in Bavaria, where the French club became the first team to hand defeat to Hansi Flick’s team since March 2019. In a rematch of last season’s final, Pochettino’s team exacted revenge from the German and European champions.
Kylian Mbappe scored a brace at the Allianz Arena to hand Les Parisiens a potentially unassailable advantage at Parc Des Princes as they bid to win a maiden Champions League title this season.
Bayern Munich, on the other hand, dearly missed star forward Robert Lewandowski as the Bavarians failed to convert the chances that came their way, despite having a whopping 25 attempts in total in the entirety of the match in Munich. Nevertheless, Die Roten are hopeful of turning things around in Paris to book a place in the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition.
So many chances but only two @FCBayern goals! 😠
Next Tuesday @ChampionsLeague – we have to score more goals!! ⚽️⚽️
PACK MAS!! #UCL #FCBayern #FCBPSG #esmuellert #MiaSanMia #NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/URtkztPiFi
— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) April 7, 2021
PSG captain Marquinhos’ extent of injury isn’t known, making him a doubt for the hosts when Die Roten come for the second leg. Pochettino will also have to do without the services of Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti, both of whom are down with the SARS-CoV2 virus. Layvin Kurzawa and Mauro Icardi are also out of contention due to injuries.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) April 10, 2021
PSG possible starting line-up: Navas; Bakker, Kimpembe, Pereira, Kehrer; Paredes, Gueye; Di María, Kean, Neymar; Mbappé
Bayern’s Jerome Boateng and Kingsley Coman sustained knocks against Union Berlin and were substituted early on to make sure they can play against PSG in midweek as Bayern could only draw against the East Berlin side.
Lucas Hernandez is currently down injured, but Flick is hopeful that he can feature for Bayern Munich in Paris, albeit from the bench. Meanwhile, midfielder Leon Goretzka has been ruled out of the match due to a muscular injury
Bayern Munich possible starting line-up: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Hernández, Davies; Kimmich, Alaba; Sané, Müller, Coman; Choupo-Moting
For PSG, the most in-form player at the moment is none other than French forward Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman scored two goals against Die Roten in their own backyard and on current form, expect the former Monaco player to add to his goal tally at Parc Des Princes.
Kylian Mbappé ⚽️🅰️
For the Bavarians, Thomas Mueller will be expected to lead the charge once again against PSG in the French capital. The Raumdeuter scored one at the Allianz Arena for the Bavarians, but this time around he will have to also shoulder creative responsibilities for the team if the German club aspire to reach the semifinals of the competition.
— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) April 9, 2021
PSG won against Strasbourg comfortably on the weekend by a score of 4-1 to climb to the second position in Ligue 1, while reigning German champions Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw in the German capital by Union Berlin.
Bayern will enter the match knowing that anything less than a two goal margin victory will spell elimination for them, while PSG can afford to lose 1-0 or 2-1 and still progress to the next round as Les Parisiens have three away goals from the first leg in Munich.
Expect Hansi Flick’s team to deliver an all-out attacking performance to turn the tie on its head and qualify for the semi-finals in breath-taking fashion in the City of Light. FootTheBall prediction for this match is – Paris Saint-Germain 1 – 3 Bayern Munich.