Paris is in full doubt before this exciting quarter-final first leg of the Champions League, revenge of the 2020 final.
For better or for worse, PSG are married to uncertainty, doubts and irregularity. And this is not the most recommended before challenging Bayern Munich in its Allianz Arena, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, this Wednesday (9 p.m., RMC Sport). The remake of the last C1 final, won last August 23 by the Germans thanks to a goal from… Kingsley Coman, trained at Paris SG. Not a revenge according to Marquinhos. “If some players find additional motivation there, so much the better, but it’s a different context, each match has its story,” promises the Parisian captain.
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For a year and a half, and the assumption of function of Hans-Dieter Flick, the outgoing European champions turn in any case to the super. “It is one of the best teams in the world, if not the best,” said Mauricio Pochettino. A few snags here and there, as in the German Cup against the D2 club Kiel (2-2 after extra time, 5-6 on penalties), but overall we feel a real guideline, continuity and great strength collective within this team, a soul, a state of mind. In terms of results, the “Rekordmeister” and his fiery attack – barely less than three goals per game in all competitions – has undoubtedly taken a decisive step towards his ninth consecutive German league title by winning the field. of his runner-up, Leipzig (0-1). In the Champions League, seven wins and one draw. Add to that success in the German and European Supercopa, as well as the Club World Cup, and you have an almost perfect record.
In summary, all the lights are green. At least they would be if Robert Lewandowski, scorer of 42 goals in 36 games this season, was available. This is not the case. German international Serge Gnabry is also out because of Covid-19. Former Parisian Éric Maxim Choupo-Moting should therefore start at the peak, as was the case in Leipzig.
“With all the respect we owe them, we know that we have possibilities, we have confidence in our qualities”
In any case, this FC Bayern, although weakened by the absence of its Polish goleador, remains excessively dangerous. Especially since PSG also has its small problems, with the packages of Italians Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi (Covid-19), but also of Mauro Icardi (thigh) and Layvin Kurzawa (calf). This PSG comes to Munich without really knowing what to expect. The best, as in Manchester (3-1), Barcelona (4-1 victory) or Lyon (4-2)? Nothing prevents to think so, knowing that Neymar and company have got into the habit of giving the best of themselves when you least expect them and, often, far from the Parc des Princes. One thing is certain: the Red and Blue will have to do better than in their last outings, they who remain in particular on three defeats in Paris in Ligue 1, including that of last Saturday against Lille (0-1). Realistic if not brilliant, the Mastiffs took the opportunity to take back the lead in the standings seven days from the end. Parisians and Munichers passed a big test last Saturday. We have seen the difference.
We will know this Wednesday evening if the march was too high for this unpredictable PSG and still in search of his first coronation in C1, when Bayern aims for his seventh crown of king of Europe. Between the absence of Verratti, Neymar who lacks rhythm and decidedly mentally fragile players, as we saw last Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino has work to find the magic formula that will allow PSG to bring back a positive result of Munich and keep their chances ahead of the second leg on April 13. Scoring this famous away goal will be the minimum to consider that Paris did not make the trip empty. The ambition is there in any case: “We know that it is a great team, explains the coach of PSG. But with all the respect we owe them, we know we have possibilities, we have confidence in our qualities. “It remains to be seen which Paris will show …