Paris Saint-Germain host Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final second leg, with still everything to play for as the reigning champions seek a comeback.
A 3-2 victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the first leg puts PSG firmly in control, with their away goals meaning Bayern need to score twice without reply as a minimum if they want to continue their defence of the trophy. Kylian Mbappe took centre stage once more in the snow in Bavaria, but they have it all to do once more if the Ligue 1 champions want to see off Hansi Flick’s side – who know how to win on the biggest of occasions.
At the weekend there were contrasting fortunes for the two clubs with PSG winning with ease while Bayern were frustrated by conceding a late goal to draw, but all the focus now is on the biggest prize in club football and a place in the last four.
The absence of Robert Lewandowski makes Bayern’s task more difficult, but there remain plenty of match-winners and goalscorers in the team – and the mindset of the PSG players in these biggest of games is not yet proven beyond all doubt, given their constant falling short in Europe in previous seasons.
Follow all the action live as PSG play Bayern Munich in the Champions League below.
PSG 0-0 BAYERN MUNICH
01: And that was almost it for Kimmich! The midfielder catches Neymar late, leaving the forward writhing in pain on the ground. No booking though, he got away with it.
KICK-OFF: PSG 0-0 BAYERN MUNICH
We’re off! Another thing to watch out for, Neymar and Joshua Kimmich are a yellow card away from being suspended from the semi-final, if their team gets there.
KICK-OFF MINUTES AWAY
The players are in the tunnel and we’re minutes away from kick off. After last week’s wintry scene in Germany, we’re back to regular Champions League quarter-final conditions for the second leg.
The PSG manager, and former Spurs boss, has been talking to BT Sport and former England defender Rio Ferdinand.
On his start at PSG. “Life in Paris is difficult with the pandemic. There’s no life around football. But we’re happy with our football [on the pitch]. It was a massive challenge [taking the job]. We believe that we can develop a good show together. The players really trust what we wanted to change. We need time. The most important thing is to build the relationship [with the players].
“We need to push our standards higher if we want to be more competitive and be closer to winning the Champions League. We’ve been close but when you look back, the team has always been missing something to win. But with Paris Saint-Germain, it’s so important to feel that you can win.”
On Bayern: “They are aggressive. They try to press high. But at the same time their defensive line can sometimes make mistakes and we can damage them there.”
Bayern were taught a lesson in finishing last week. They had 31 shots to PSG’s six at the Allianz Arena, with everything outfield player for the German’s having at a shot at goal. Kylian Mbappe, meanwhile, needed just two chances to hit his double, and was clinical on the break. That was the difference.
PSG have won just one of their last five matches at the Parc des Princes – including defeats to title rivals Lille and Monaco. They were also far from convincing in their 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the last-16, a result that followed their thumping win in the Nou Camp in the previous leg. If Bayern wanted some extra motivation to get out of the traps quickly, it’s that. They will believe PSG are there to be got at.
A 2-0 win would not be enough for Bayern tonight, they need to score at least three goals to advance. Here’s how it all works.
“I BELIEVE IN YOU!”
As a reminder, Robert Lewandowski remains unavailable for Bayern Munich after injuring his knee while on international duty with Poland last month, but the striker is back in training and could return for the semi-finals, if the Germans make it though.
Two changes for PSG from the first leg – one enforced, as Marquinhos has not recovered from the injury that saw him withdrawn in the first half last week. Danilo drops into defence, just as he did last week, with Leandro Parades returning from suspension to play alongside Idrissa Gueye in midfield.
There’s one change for Bayern, with Leon Goretzka still side-lined due to the injury that saw him brought off last week. David Alaba moves into midfield again, with Lucas Hernandez at centre back and Alphonso Davies, in from the start this week, in at left back.
Marco Verratti returns to the PSG bench after missing the first leg due to a positive Covid-19 test.
PSG XI: Navas; Dagba, Kimpembe, Danilo, Diallo; Gueye, Parades, Draxler; Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria
Bayern XI: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Alaba; Sane, Muller, Coman, Choupo-Moting