Bayern host Paris in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday 7 April at 21:00 CET. This page will be updated with team news, statements and expert analysis as the start of the match approaches.
Bayern – Paris coverage
Past duels between Bayern and Paris
The point of the tie
A repeat of the final of last season, won by the minimum by Bayern. The German team has not yet reached the level of the 2019/20 season (it is a very high bar) and, although Robert Lewandowski has returned to be unstoppable, a knee injury suffered with Poland makes him miss both games of the tie, just as Paris, who dramatically beat Barcelona in the round of 16 thanks to Kylian Mbappé’s hat-trick, prepare to host Neymar again.
Where to watch the game
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State of form
All Bayern goals this season
Form: VVVVVV Last match: Leipzig – Bayern 0-1, 03/04 Position in your league: 1st in the Bundesliga
Form: DVVDEV Last match: Paris – LOSC Lille 0-1, 03/04 Position in your league: 2nd in Ligue 1
Jordan Maciel, Bayern reporter: The absence of Lewandowski is a serious setback for Bayern’s qualification options against Paris, but even without the Pole this team has a lot of quality. With away goals always important, Hans-Dieter Flick will look for defensive strength to neutralize the opponent’s offensive capacity and put the defending champion in an advantageous position for the return in Paris.
Chris Burke, Paris reporter: As much as they want to take revenge after last year’s final, Paris first have to solve their problems. His big win against Barcelona seems a long way off after Saturday’s loss to Lille, and the absence of Marco Verratti is a major setback. But with Bayern without Robert Lewandowski, the French team will have their options if they quickly recover their best level.
Declarations of the protagonists
Hansi Flick, Bayern coach: “It’s a new game and Paris have a new team with a new coach. But overall, not much has changed since the final last year. Paris have a strong defense and obviously their quality up front is extraordinary. We have They have to be able to cut off their passes. That also means putting the ball-keeper in trouble as soon as possible. Manuel [Neuer] he was very good in the final last year. Will it be at the head of the Paris attackers? I do not know. But it is an advantage for our team to have a world-class goalkeeper in goal. “
Bayern – Paris: the reissue of the 2020 final
Mauricio Pochettino, Paris coach: “In the qualifiers you can never rule out a team. We face the European and world champions. We respect them, but we trust in our ability and we have come to win. Bayern are a very well organized team that plays with one line. high defense and attacking players capable of winning a game individually. We will have to find the right balance, not over-commit ourselves and be careful not to lose the ball in dangerous areas. “
Marquinhos, captain of Paris: “We don’t see this as a rematch [de la final de la temporada pasada]. The context is different, we have a different coach. Quite a few players have also left since then. If some of those who were there last season want to use this as an extra source of motivation, it will be welcome. “
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