The lights and shadows of this season’s team of our compatriot Keylor Navas will be put to the test this Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League, against the powerful Bayern Munich.
Win or die. The first leg that will take place this Wednesday at the Alianz Arena stadium in the Munich city between Bayern Munich and PSG, will mark a before and after about the true capacity of the team of Keylor Navas, Neymar, Mbappe and Di María.
It will be the true litmus test of the Argentine strategist Mauricio Pochettino and he will tell the great truth about the success or not of the departure of former coach Thomas Tuchel.
PSG is today lights and shadows. They enlightened all of Europe with the win that they gave Barcelona a visit 1-4 for the Champions League, but they were darkness at home when they could not show that they are the best in Ligue 1 with a promising victory against Lyon (2 -4) and the loss at home to Lille (0-1).
This defeat against the surprising Lille was even more bitter, because it occurred in the framework of an expulsion suffered by the Brazilian star Neymar, from whom much more was expected after the return after his injury.
The great rematch.
This Wednesday’s game between the Teutons and the Gauls will be the revenge of the final game for the previous Champions League dispute that ended with a 1-0 German victory.
“This will be the tenth UEFA Champions League meeting between Bayern Munich and PSG (four victories in Munich and five victories in Paris previously), and only the second in the knockout phase, after the final last season, a victory for the Bayern Munich 1-0 ”, details Uefa on its information page.
“Bayern Munich have only lost more Champions League games to Real Madrid (10) than PSG (5), while PSG’s five wins against Munich are the most against any opponent in the competition.” , expanded the statistical information.
The hopes of a victory for the visiting team of Keylor Navas and Mauricio Pochettino go against the current, as the Germans have won in the last three games held in the city of Munich.
“The Champions League is, as the song says, for ‘les meilleures équipes’ (the best teams). Bayern are a great team. Now it’s just a matter of being calm and confident in the preparation for the first leg in Munich, ”said PSG star Kylian Mbappé on the Uefa page.
“It is a game that people will be looking forward to seeing. It will be a good game, so everyone must be in front of their televisions, and we will try to put on a good show and hopefully achieve victory, ”insisted the French forward.
It means that the Parisians won their last game in 1994 with a score by George Weah. The Teutons are also undefeated in the last 19 Champions League games, with 18 wins and one draw.
If the Germans win or draw this Wednesday, they will be placed as the second team with the highest number of undefeated games, after Manchester United, which has 25 games.
The young star Mbappé.
For PSG to be able to give the great surprise and come out with a victory on the road against Bayern Munich, it will depend a lot on the contribution or the genius of its star Kylian Mbappé, who will arrive in Munich as the youngest player to reach the figure of 25 goals.
“At 22, the former Monaco player is the youngest player to have scored 25 goals in the UEFA Champions League and is eager to continue scoring goals on his football wish list,” reports Uefa.
“Every time I go on the field, I tell myself that I am the best and yet I have played on the same field as (Lionel) Messi and Cristiano (Ronaldo), and they are better players than me! They have done a billion more things than me, but in my head I always tell myself that I am the best because then you are not setting limits and you are trying to give the best version of yourself, “Mbappé commented about him. play.
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Bayern at a great crossroads.
For now and after Easter, the Bayern leadership must face two no less important aspects, the game this Wednesday against PSG and the negotiation to get the current technical director Hansi Flick to stay with the Munich, because he is the favorite to lead the Manschaff.
“This summer, Kahn must set the course for the future of Bavaria. Holding Flick is important to him. The successful coach could succeed Joachim Löw as national coach, ”says the German daily Welt.
“Löw has announced that it will stop after the MS planned for the summer. Rummenigge is an important confidant for Flick. How does Flick see the prospect without the experienced club boss? ”The German newspaper asked itself in its sports pages.
Bayern vs PSG. Compatriot Keylor Navas will not have the great duel he expected against the injured Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, but he will face the great panzer machinery, which will enter the field to seek his 19th victory and his unbeaten match number 20 in the Champions League.
Even without the injured Robert Lewandowski, reigning champions Bayern Munich are aiming for a repeat of the success of last season’s UEFA Champions League final when they host Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar in the first leg. of the 2020/21 quarter-finals on Wednesday (start: 20:00 BST) ”, reports the Bundesliga website.
The expected first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal between Bayern Munich and Parisian PSG will be at one in the afternoon this Wednesday, Columbia broadcast, the first of the two tests for the German team that arrives as favorite and challenger with his stars Mbappé, Neymar, Di María and Keylor Navas.