PSG have a slight advantage over Bayern (3-2) before the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League this Tuesday at the Parc des Princes (9 p.m., on RMC Sport 1). In recent years, the German club have rarely managed to reverse the situation after a poor performance in the first leg.
Author of a heroic match and in dire conditions in Munich, PSG obtained a capital victory (2-3) in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. Used to rolling over their opponents for two seasons, Bayern found themselves in difficulty before the return duel at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday (from 9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1).
And the liabilities of Hans-Dieter Flick’s proteges do not necessarily inspire confidence after a defeat in the knockout phase. Of the previous six, the German club have only managed to qualify once.
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Real hurt Bayern
Winner of three consecutive titles in the Champions League (2016, 2017, 2018), Real Madrid of Zinédine Zidane has put Europe at his feet. On the road to this fabulous hat-trick, Bayern could not do anything during the double confrontations against the Madrid club. No more than in 2013-2014 when the Merengue was on the way to the Decima. After a defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg (1-0), the Germans suffered a correction in the appearance of humiliation (0-4) at the Allianz Arena with braces from Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos.
Rebelote three years later. Beaten in Bavaria in the quarter-final first leg (1-2) during the 2016-2017 campaign, the partners of Robert Lewandowski (still absent on Tuesday) came close to the feat in the return and ended up losing after the extension (4-2, ap). Already scorer of the saving goal during the first 90 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo added two more during the additional half hour of play. “CR7” was simply unplayable.
Less prominent the following season against the Germans, the Portuguese witnessed a demonstration by Karim Benzema in the semi-final second leg in 2017-2018. Trapped in the first leg at home (1-2), the Bayern players had attacked the second round with a beating pace.
Joshua Kimmich, still confident before the game against Paris, had scored after three minutes. But the German midfielder, like all his team, could not do anything about the double of “KB9”. Despite the equalizer of James Rodriguez on the hour mark, Munich had not found the key to qualify for the final in Kiev to join Liverpool.
Griezmann and Neymar deprived Munich of historic moments
But Zizou and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid are not the only La Liga club to have shattered Bayern’s dreams of glory in C1. In 2016, Atlético de Madrid also stopped Bayern at the gates of the final. Victorious on the first leg in Spain (1-0), the Colchoneros fought to preserve their meager advantage when they returned to Germany.
While the German players won (2-1) but left the competition because of the goal scored outside by Antoine Griezmann. And to think that Thomas Muller had missed a ball of 2-0 before the half-time by seeing his penalty kicked back by Jan Oblak… Cruel but vis-a-vis the Madrilenians of Diego Simeone, it pays cash.
Not at best this season at Barça, Antoine Griezmann had perhaps watched the Catalans’ beautiful qualification against Munich in 2014-2015.
Already the author of a very good comeback (the only one managed by Bayern in recent years) in the quarter-finals against Porto that season (3-1 defeat in Portugal then 6-1 victory on the return leg), Bayern failed to achieve another feat in the semi-finals against the Blaugrana squad.
Already author of the third Catalan goal in the first leg (3-0), Neymar had brought Bayern to its knees on the return. After a quick first goal from Medhi Benatia for the German club from a corner, the Auriverde star had buried Munich’s last qualifying hopes on two offerings from Luis Suarez despite the defeat of Barça (3-2).
History to avoid a terrible disillusionment at PSG this Tuesday evening, the 29-year-old Brazilian would be well inspired to put on his superhero costume again during the quarter-final return to the Parc des Princes. Small bonus, on the six previous Bayern in such a situation, his executioner has been titled four times. This could offer additional motivation to Mauricio Pochettino’s proteges.
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Bayern’s previous six (recent)
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