Choupo-Moting, act II at the Parc des Princes?


Sven Hoppe / AP / SIPA

After the Parisian success in Munich, we saw two types of stats come out.

Those which do good to the ego, for example, "PSG is the first team to beat Bayern de Flick in the Champions League" or "Paris brings down the Bavarians for the first time in C1 for two years".

And then there are also the stupid stats, the ones that make you think you've already qualified, for example, "100% of the teams that won 3-2 away in the Champions League quarter-finals are spent in the return leg.

Note the humor here.

You have to be crazy to come up with those kinds of numbers when talking about a club capable four years earlier of making lie an even more relentless statistic.

Especially since it's not as if Paris Saint-Germain dominated their subject for 90 minutes.

It is even quite the opposite.

The -5 degrees felt in the Allianz Arena rose to 200 ° C in hot air as soon as the men in red approached the surface of Keylor Navas.

32 shots, 12 on target, 64% possession, and that nerve-racking feeling that the sky can fall on you anytime.

Sequences of five, ten minutes, where the opponent is trapped with no other solution than to send the ball away, praying that it does not come back too quickly.

But he always ends up coming back too quickly.

Pavard's seum, Draxler's fatigue

So that's Bayern Munich.

An unlimited offensive ambition only satisfied by victory.

Obviously, the defeat goes badly.

“We are frustrated, we deserved to win this match, railed Benjamin Pavard Wednesday night.

We had possession, we shot more on goal, but we lacked efficiency.


“If we win 5-3 or 6-3, it's not the same story,” Thomas Muller said in the same vein at Sky Sports Italia.

And now we're going to have to run behind this delay, that's clear.

We didn't concede a lot of chances, I think Manu [Neuer] only had one or two saves to make.

But if we had had that killer instinct, we would have seen another game.


Paris knows what to expect.

“We suffered, confirmed Julian Draxler at the microphone of RMC Sport after the meeting.

Everyone ran.

We have seen the quality of Bayern.

We know that was the first game, we will continue to work.


Bayern will not change their mentality

This is a point on which everyone agrees, in Paris as in Munich.

The game is just beginning, or at least it's not over.

“We have one big game left in a week.

We are going there to qualify, ”Pavard is already warming up.

On the Parisian side, we are well aware that we will have to be more solid behind so as not to expose ourselves to a potential reversal.

Because as long as Navas loses his mojo, there is a risk of screwing up the camp.

Colin Dagba sums up: “we also have to do the job so that he has fewer balls to stop.

We will have to stay focused, do a lot of races, it is the collective that will pay in the return match.


The nerves will also have their role to play.

Because if PSG is reassured about its ability to hold a comfortable lead against Barça, its shortcomings in the management of a result obtained in the first leg remain visible and fuel the hope of a turnaround.

Pavard: “we saw in the return match against Barcelona that they had struggled.

But they had qualified.

“Bavarian stubbornness is not certain, however, as Hansi Flick explains when discussing his team's chances of qualifying for the second leg.

It's always hard to say.

" We're gonna give everything.

We know that Paris is a very strong team but we can hurt them too.

[…] I told the team that there is still one game to play and we will give everything to turn this result in our favor.

It doesn't change our mentality.



Bayern-PSG: The enormous feat of the Parisians thanks to a monstrous Navas and a delicious Mbappé to relive live (2-3)


Bayern Munich - PSG: Paris brings down the Bavarians for the first time in two years in the Champions League

  • Paris

  • Soccer

  • Sport

  • PSG

  • Champions League

  • Benjamin Pavard

  • Bayern Munich