The missed opportunities, the lost pursuit, the Parisian revenge after the Lisbon final, the German press is, this Thursday, returned to the bankruptcy of Bayern Munich frustrated by Parisian realism.
A week after the collapse of the Mannschaft, beaten 2-1, in Duisburg, by North Macedonia in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Bayern Munich (untouchable a few weeks ago, six titles won in less than a year , like FC Barcelona in 2009) was slapped by Paris SG (2-3). Uncomfortable on the snow this season (elimination in the Cup against Kiel, draw against Bielefeld in the Bundesliga), Bayern Munich woke up with a hangover after the first defeat of Hansi Flick, the coach of Bayern , in C1. Neuer’s feverishness, the lack of offensive realism of a team that attempted 31 shots, Bavarian optimism were peeled by the German press, which did not forget to rave about the influence of the star duo of PSG, Neymar (two assists) -Mbappé (two goals).
The Suddeutsche Zeitung stressed: “In the winter show, Bayern lost their quarter-final first leg against Paris 2-3. Almost everything that worked in the final duel last year has this time failed. After two minutes and 31 seconds, the score was 1-0 for Paris. A goal conceded somewhat unworthy of a winner of the Champions League. Manuel Neuer made a mistake. The bullet slipped between his legs. Paris led. And led to the end. Bayern lost an eventful 2-3 first leg, the Munich were clearly superior, tried a lot, but wasted their chances as if it were the national team. 2-0, 3-1 or 4-2, the Munich must now win in Paris. “
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung sums up: “Things have changed since the Lisbon final eight months ago. But one thing has not changed during these extraordinary eight months of Coronavirus: do not let Kylian Mbappé and Neymar enter the field. Bayern find themselves threatened with leaving the Champions League in the quarter-finals. The Munich team came back after falling 0-2. But the PSG striker Mbappé had the last word. The Munich were unable to stop Mbappé, who scored two goals. ”
Die welt assures: “The reigning champions are now at risk of an early exit – mainly because they have been negligent. It’s a late Easter gift Bayern gave their opponents. If they missed the best chances in attack, they helped concede all the goals with their erratic defensive behavior. ”
Finally, Bild sums up: “227 days after the Champions League final, Bayern and PSG met. This time the French won a crazy football match. Bayern shot 31 times (including 14 on target; 7 for PSG), had the best chances on several occasions. But this is not enough. Because PSG have a terribly wonderful duo. ” Kicker insisting on a “brutally effective” PSG.