This UEFA Champions League (UCL) tie is still open after Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win in the first leg, but the equation is simple enough for Julian Nagelsmann’s men, avoid defeat and the quarter-finals are waiting. Confidence should be high going into this clash as a pair of league wins prior to this fixture kept them top of the table as they seek an 11th consecutive Bundesliga crown, albeit thanks to a slight difference. of goals.
Bayern have been equally impressive on the European stage this season, with seven wins from as many games in the UCL representing their best performance so far in the competition since lifting the trophy in 2019/20, when they defeated Paris Saint-Germain. Germain in the final. However, the Bavarian giant cannot rest on his laurels, as his record against perfectly split PSG (W6, L6) indicates this tie is far from over.
Christophe Galtier’s side have responded excellently since the first leg defeat, scoring 11 times in three Ligue 1 (G3) games to move eight points clear at the top. It was the criminal charges against PSG and Moroccan full-back Achraf Hakimi that dominated the headlines during the week, but with the club’s full backing, he will appear here as the game will not take place on French soil.
PSG could certainly go into this clash with confidence having prevailed in five of their six ties against German opponents, but that may not tell the full story of the size of the task that awaits them. Galtier’s men have been knocked out in four of their last six round of 16 and have advanced to the round after losing the first leg just once in 19 attempts, although it might bode well that that only comeback came against another opponent. German, Borussia Dortmund in 2019/20.
Players to watch: Bayern’s Thomas Müller became only the second player after Robert Lewandowski to make 300 Bundesliga goal contributions with an assist at the weekend (141 goals, 159 assists). Without Neymar’s services, the burden of PSG’s attack will likely fall to Kylian Mbappé, who could become the first player to score on three consecutive visits to the Allianz Arena in the UCL with another goal here.
Highlight: In UCL qualifiers, PSG have lost in the second leg on each of the six previous occasions they’ve lost the first leg at home.