Team news, statistics, kick-off time before Bayern Munich against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich are without striker Robert Lewandowski, who was excluded from Wednesday’s first leg with a knee injury.
Lewandowski, who will be joined on the sidelines by Corentin Tolisso and Douglas Costa, is also in doubt for the second leg on April 13.
Bayern have Jerome Boateng and Alphonso Davies available again after the duo missed the weekend’s Bundesliga victory at RB Leipzig due to suspension.
But midfielder Marc Roca has been ruled out, while winger Serge Gnabry has tested positive for coronavirus.
Paris Saint Germain are without suspended Leandro Paredes and sweat on the fitness of midfielder Daniel Pereira.
Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi will miss the first leg after returning positive coronavirus tests.
Neymar suspicious flick, Mbappe on break
The two teams met in last year’s Champions League final with Bayern winning the trophy, but Flick insisted he was wary of a team under new management in Mauricio Pochettino – in particular, the speed of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
“Paris is a new team with a new coach,” said Flick. “I don’t think this game matters anymore. We want to reach the semi-finals and the final. That’s our goal.
“They have a solid defense, a very good goalkeeper, but up front they have a huge quality. If we lose possession we have to stop them quickly. We also have to put pressure on them early.”
Bullish pocket: we’re here to win
Pochettino’s side collapsed in a 1-0 home loss to Lille in the league last time around, but the former Tottenham boss was in optimistic mood about his side’s chances in Europe.
“We are up against the European and world champions. We respect them, but we are confident in our abilities and we have come here to win,” he said.
“Bayern are a very well organized team, playing with a high defensive line and with attackers capable of winning a game individually. We will have to find the right balance, not to engage too much and be careful not to lose the ball. in hazardous areas.
“People talk a lot about Neymar and Mbappé, but the 11 players that I decide to put in place tomorrow will have the confidence to do the necessary work so that we can win. Last season was a final. It’s different, that is. is a draw. “
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- This will be the 10th UEFA Champions League meeting between Bayern Munich and Paris SG (four wins in Munich, five wins in Paris previously) and only the second in the knockout stage, after last season’s final – a Bayern Munich’s 1-0 victory.
- Bayern Munich have lost only more UEFA Champions League games against Real Madrid (10) than Paris SG (5), while Paris’ five wins against Munich are the most important against any opponent of the competition.
- Bayern Munich have won their last three UEFA Champions League home games against Paris SG, since losing 1-0 in their first home game in November 1994 at the OIympiastadion, with George Weah as the winner .
- Paris SG have only managed to score in one of their last 43 UEFA Champions League games, with a 0-1 loss in last season’s final. Since the start of the 2016-17 campaign, only Bayern Munich (2.8) have averaged more goals per game than Paris SG (2.5) in the competition.
- Bayern Munich are undefeated in their last 19 UEFA Champions League appearances (W18 D1) and could become the second team in the competition’s history to play 20 consecutive matches without losing, after Manchester United (25 between 2007 and 2009) .
- This is the third time Paris SG have drawn against defending UEFA Champions League champions in the round of 16, losing both matches twice: the 1994-95 semi-final against AC Milan and the last 16 years 2017-18 against Real Madrid.
- Paris manager SG Mauricio Pochettino’s only previous game against Bayern Munich was with Spurs in October 2019, losing 7-2. The record for goals conceded in a coach’s first two games against a competitive opponent is 12 – Aleksandr Yermakovich against Shakhtar Donetsk and Brendan Rodgers against Paris SG.
- Kylian Mbappe has been directly involved in 35 goals in 33 appearances for Paris SG in the UEFA Champions League (19 goals, 16 assists), as he has scored six in seven appearances in the competition this season – already his best total of goals in a single campaign (also 6 in 2016-17).
- The two players with the most balls carried with a UEFA Champions League clash this season are PSG duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (29 each), while Mbappe has had the most carries ending in a shot (11) .
- Bayern Munich will miss Robert Lewandowski, who has scored in 10 of his 13 UEFA Champions League appearances under Hans-Dieter Flick, with the Pole’s 15 goals under Flick being the most players in the competition since the manager took over. head November 2019.