Reigning champions Bayern Munich will take on PSG at home on Wednesday night in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The match will start at 1 pm Bangladesh time.
Bayern became champions after losing to PSG in the final in August last year. The Mbabane-Neymar duo was also in that team of the Paris club. However, the defense of Bayern was able to keep them tied that day. They have to do the same thing again to get success. However, it will not be easy, Bayern coach Flick understands.
“They (PSG) are now a new team with a new coach,” Flick said. I don’t think the fight has anything to do with the previous match. We want to get to the semi-finals and finals. That is our goal. “
He added: “They have a strong defense and a great goalkeeper. The biggest thing is, their attack is very strong. They have a lot of talented players in their team. If you lose possession of the ball, you have to stop them very quickly. We have to put pressure on them in the beginning. ”
Bayern have lost a number of key players at crucial times of the season. Last year’s best footballer of the year and the highest scorer of the team this season, Roarret Lewandowski, has been ruled out due to injury. Winger Sergey Jinabri and midfielder Mark Roca have been added to the list. Jinabri has also been infected with the coronavirus and Roka has been injured.
PSGO is not getting many in this match. Defender Alessandro Florence and midfielder Marco Verratti have been positive for Covid-19.
Manchester City lost a lot of time at home. Phil Foden made the difference in the end. Pep Guardiola’s side advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League after losing to Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester City won the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2-1 on Tuesday night (April 7) at the Etihad Stadium. Marco Royce equalized after leading the hosts to Kevin de Bruyne. Phil Foden scored the winning goal.
Against Borussia, Dortmund got the first chance despite controlling the match with 61 percent of the ball in their possession. City goalkeeper Ederson saved the net in the seventh minute by returning Jude Bellingham’s shot from a difficult angle in the D-box.
Man City got their first shot in the 19th minute. In the middle, they got the ball forgetting the visiting defender Emre Kane. De Bruyne took the ball forward and extended Foden to the left inside the D-box. Riyad Mahrez took control of his pass and cut back from the right byline. Saren de Bruyne did the rest with a right foot shot from close range.
In the 30th minute, the referee gave a penalty to the hosts when Rodri fell in the ear challenge in the D-box. However, the decision to change the VAR. Seven minutes later, Bellingham sent the ball into the net but the goal did not match. Ederson took some time to clear the ball outside the D-box. He ran and took control and sent Bellingham into the empty net. The referee ruled that the midfielder had fouled the opposing goalkeeper. Although seen in the replay, he had touched the ball earlier.
Earling Holland, who scored a pair of goals in both legs against Sevilla in the last 16, was his shadow in the first half. He got a good chance at the beginning of the second half. Ederson returned the low shot of this young forward with great skill after getting the ball through his teammate.
City had a chance to increase the lead in the 85th minute. Foden’s shot from Day Bruin’s pass from the byline on the right was returned by the goalkeeper.
Day Bruin’s shot from outside the D-box in the 7th minute was not aimed for a short time. The goalkeeper returned Foden’s shot in the next minute. Dortmund equalized in the 64th minute. Royce beat Ederson with a right-footed shot from the Dutch pass into the D-box.
Foden scored the winning goal in the last minute of regulation time. Ilkai Gindoyan took control of De Bruyne’s great cross D-box and passed to Foden. The English midfielder easily did the rest. The hosts left the field with the joy of victory.
The two teams will meet on April 15 at Signal Iduna Park in Borussia Dortmund in the return leg of the quarter-finals.