Bayern Munich vs PSG, Champions League: live score and latest updates from quarter-final first leg

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A reminder that both sides will be without key players tonight

Both sides will be missing key players, with PSG striker Mauro Icardi out with a thigh injury while midfielder Marco Verratti and his Italy team-mate Alessandro Florenzi both tested positive for Covid-19.

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is sidelined with a knee injury while winger Serge Gnabry also tested positive for coronavirus.

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Bayern Munich are on fire in Europe

Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last 19 games in the UEFA Champions League (W18 D1) and could become only the second team in the competition’s history to go 20 consecutive games without losing, after Manchester United (25 between 2007 and 2009).

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It does not look like we are going to have the best weather conditions this evening…

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PSG have the edge over Bayern historically

This will be the 10th UEFA Champions League meeting between Bayern Munich and Paris SG (four Munich wins, five Paris wins previously) and only the second in the knockout phase, after last season’s final – a 1-0 Bayern Munich win.

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A reminder of what happened when these sides met in the final last season…

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Good evening, PSG will not have revenge on theirs minds tonight according to Mauricio Pochettino

Paris St Germain will not have revenge on their minds when they play Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final after losing to the German team in last season’s decider, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday.

Bayern beat PSG 1-0 in the final last year to seal a treble but Pochettino, who replaced manager Thomas Tuchel midway through this season, said this time would be different as they were playing a two-legged tie.

“The final is not a benchmark match for us, we weren’t there with my staff, we were just spectators,” Pochettino told reporters ahead of tonight’s first leg in Munich.

“In addition, it’s going to be played over two matches, the context is different. Revenge exists in sport but for us it’s more of a challenge to beat such a strong team, maybe the best in the world. It’s a source of motivation.”

Both sides will be missing key players, with PSG striker Mauro Icardi out with a thigh injury while midfielder Marco Verratti and his Italy team mate Alessandro Florenzi both tested positive for Covid-19.

Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is sidelined with a knee injury while winger Serge Gnabry tested positive for Covid-19 but Pochettino said the German league leaders had enough squad depth to remain competitive.

“The strength of Bayern is in its collective,” Pochettino added. “When you win the Champions League and the Club World Cup, it’s because you have a very good group, not just 11 performing players.”

PSG forward Neymar was sent off in a 1-0 loss to Lille over the weekend and Pochettino said the Brazilian’s emotions got the better of him in his first Ligue 1 start in over two months.

“He was very excited to start a match. He’s an emotional player, he likes to play, he likes to fight, he’s a competitor. He didn’t deserve that red,” Pochettino said.

“But he knows he has to channel himself. I hope that tomorrow everything will be fine.”

Reuters

References

  1. ^ Mauricio Pochettino finds himself under pressure at PSG – just 95 days after taking charge (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ Man City, PSG or Bayern Munich – which club would be the best tactical fit for Erling Haaland? (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ 6:52PM (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ 6:41PM (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  5. ^ 6:31PM (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  6. ^ @ChampionsLeague (twitter.com)
  7. ^ #MiaSanMia (twitter.com)
  8. ^ #FCBPSG (twitter.com)
  9. ^ #packmas (twitter.com)
  10. ^ pic.twitter.com/8aRxJAe2wR (t.co)
  11. ^ April 7, 2021 (twitter.com)
  12. ^ 6:21PM (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  13. ^ 6:11PM (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  14. ^ #UCL (twitter.com)
  15. ^ pic.twitter.com/KzIGV8HNWL (t.co)
  16. ^ April 7, 2021 (twitter.com)
  17. ^ 4:24PM (www.telegraph.co.uk)

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