Parc des Princes forms the backdrop for the first leg of a heavyweight Champions League last-16 tie between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
PSG’s pursuit of a record-breaking 11th Ligue 1 title took another blow at the weekend, as Christophe Galtier’s injury-hit line-up suffered a dismal 3-1 defeat at Monaco.
In addition to Kylian Mbappe, who picked up a thigh injury that will rule him out for the first leg of this blockbuster tie, Galtier is now sweating over Lionel Messi’s fitness.
The Argentine superstar had to sit out his side’s tormenting trip to the French principality on Saturday with a hamstring injury and may have to remain on the sidelines on Tuesday.
It feels like the stars have allied to boost Bayern, who have qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals or better ten times in the past 11 seasons, conquering the competition twice in this span.
Unlike their hosts, Julian Nagelsmann’s side didn’t break a sweat last weekend as they strolled to a routine 3-0 home triumph over minnows Bochum to consolidate their position at the top of the Bundesliga table.
And while PSG could be forced to take on one of the most challenging assignments in European club football without two headline performers, the Bavarians will have an additional weapon in Paris.
Like boasting the second-best scoring record in the Champions League group stages (18) wasn’t intimidating enough, the perennial German champions added Joao Cancelo to their ranks in January.
On loan from Manchester City, the Portugal international won all three competitive matches with Bayern in February, chipping in with two assists to make an immediate impact.
PSG failed to live up to expectations in the Champions League group stages, finishing runners-up to Benfica in Group H despite going unbeaten in all six group fixtures (W4, D2).
However, before a 1-0 defeat in their most recent home meeting with Bayern in the Champions League, Les Parisiens had won all four previous home H2Hs in the competition, offering Galtier a silver lining.
That loss also stands as PSG’s only scoring blank across 32 Champions League outings at the Parc des Princes, suggesting that even without Messi and Mbappe, they should have no problems getting on the scoresheet.
As the only side to have won all six group matches in the Champions League this term, Bayern could register seven wins at the start of a new European season for only the second time in history.
The last time they achieved that feat was in 2019/20 when they won the crown without dropping a single point, so they could be on the cusp of a season-defining achievement.
With PSG likely to be without Mbappe, Bayern’s stellar defensive record of just two goals conceded in six group games accounting for the joint-best tally in this season’s Champions League could stay intact.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich Potential Line-ups
Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Nuno Mendes; Marco Verratti, Fabian Ruiz, Vitinha; Hugo Ekitike, Carlos Soler, Neymar.
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Yann Sommer; Joao Cancelo, Dayot Upamecano, Matthijs de Ligt, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
How to Watch?
PSG vs Bayern, alongside all other matches in Europe’s most prestigious club competition this season, is available to watch online via Champions League live streams.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich Prediction
Despite playing at home and being able to rely on Neymar to lead the line, we expect PSG to fold here.
Bayern have hit their stride just in time to increase their chances of negotiating this competitive-looking tie.
Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 Bayern Munich
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