Bayern Munich-PSG: march or strike

This is not an evening to celebrate a sad anniversary at Paris Saint-Germain. Six years to the day after the historic and eternal trauma experienced in Barcelona, ​​the famous reassembled, the reigning French champion will play a huge part of his season, this Wednesday in Munich, in a new round of 16 second leg of the Champions League. In a different position, this time, after having lost the first leg at the Parc des Princes three weeks earlier (0-1), and with a disillusioned history in these cutthroat matches, to the point that imagining winning the cup at the big ears has become more of a sweet dream than a future reality. PSG had never been so close in 2020 and 2021, losing in the final (against Bayern), then in the semi-finals (against Manchester City). The capital club is still caught up in its structural and collective limits, in a world where adding individuals and stars is not enough to win the timpani. To continue his journey, he is forced to do what he only succeeded once in the QSI era (4 occurrences): overthrow an opponent in a double confrontation after a defeat in the first leg, as against in Dortmund in the winter of 2020 at the same stage of the competition. The challenge is daunting, but it is by no means impossible.

We like to have this pressure »

More than just a football match, a Bayern-PSG is a meeting between two different models, as the Bavarians like to remember; between the old world and the new, in a way. The weight of longevity and titles (6 Champions Leagues for the rekordmeister, third most sacred club tied with Liverpool) does not do everything on a field, but it can play, especially at this level. There will be mistrust in the German camp, a year after taking an unexpected humility cure against Villarreal. There will also be confidence, of course. It’s not arrogance, it’s a tradition when you’re called Bayern Munich. We won 1-0 at the Parc des Princes, it’s written in black on whitesmiled Captain Thomas Müller in front of the press. That’s why I see us in a more comfortable position. Evolving at home is also a real asset. But raising this score is quite possible for PSG. »

Julian Nagelsmann’s band did not look like a war machine on the way, without that preventing them from taking over PSG. If Bayern do not seem so impressive, they have only lost two games this season (against Augsburg in September and against Gladbach four days after the round of 16 at the Parc) and returned a 7/7 in C1, with 6 clean sheets, coming out of a pool where Inter and Barça were. Which should not scare Paris Saint-Germain, still as ambitious ( the LOC remains a very high goal », says Christophe Galtier) and on the mend after his three successes in a row against Lille, Marseille and Nantes in the league. At the Allianz Arena it will be a different story, but that doesn’t scare Marco Verratti: We have a lot of pressure because we are playing for something big, but we like having that pressure. We dream of this kind of match when we are children. »

Mbappé at the center of attention

It is because they are no longer children that the Parisians know what these matches represent in the assessment of a year and a coach, even if Galtier has not the feeling that the PSG season is being played out » on this one meeting. We will have to play a lot more than we did in the first leganalyzed the technician. It will be important to recover the ball earlier in the Munich camp. It will also be a question of having a more aggressive and more conquering behavior. If we are in this state of mind, we have the possibility of qualifying. » It will be with Marquinhos, Achraf Hakimi and Nordi Mukiele, all competitive » for this meeting, but without Neymar, absent for several months, whose presence would have been preferable to score goals » and whose absence guarantees a certain Parisian balance, as admitted by Galtier. At Bayern, Josip Stanišić should replace the suspended Benjamin Pavard in the three-man defense, and Sadio Mané, back from injury, is expected on the bench at kick-off.

The whole world loves to watch it. We will try to disturb him at work. If our plan works, he’s not going to have much fun.

Thomas Müller on Kylian Mbappé

The X factor remains Kylian Mbappé, who had changed the face of the two teams by playing about twenty minutes at thego, and who lives for these matches. The two camps do not want to put him at the center of the debates, but he is there naturally, by breaking all the records. The top scorer in the history of PSG will be there to bring “depth and percussion », rejoiced Galtier. Above all, he should force Bayern to step back on the pitch, for fear of seeing the French international jump on the spaces behind the defenders. “He’s one of the best players in Europeagreed Julian Nagelsmann. It’s a big challenge to defend against him. He won’t need ten or twelve chances to score. His name comes up in the mouths of everyone, from journalists to the main actors of the upcoming play, like Müller when answering a question about his favorite player in Paris: “It’s an easy question: Kylian. He has explosiveness in combination with the right decisions in the penalty area. The whole world loves to watch it. We will try to disturb him at work. If our plan works, he’s not going to have much fun. » He’s staying 90 minutes, or even a little more, so that the date of March 8 is not that of two sad anniversaries in thehistory of PSG.

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Tarun Kumar

Tarun Kumar has worked in the News sector for 05 years and is currently the Owner and Editor of Then24. He reside in Delhi, India with his Family.

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