PSG welcomes Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). After their 3-2 victory at the Allianz Arena, Kylian Mbappé’s partners will have to release another heroic match to qualify. By taking back possession of the Parc des Princes, where they have had a series of disappointments this season.
The moats are dry, the drawbridge rusty and the ramparts are crumbling dangerously. Impregnable for a long time, the fortress of the Parc des Princes has not impressed many people for a few months. Emptied of its audience, the Porte de Saint-Cloud enclosure has clearly lost its luster. And the opponents of PSG are now entering with the idea of taking possession. What they regularly manage to do.
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Since the start of the season, the players of the capital have already bowed six times in their garden behind closed doors. It represents 30% of defeats at home, or nearly one in three games. A first since the arrival of the Qatari owners in the summer of 2011. It is even necessary to go back to 2007-2008 to see Paris doing worse in its stronghold. A season concluded with a double from Amara Diané at Sochaux to ensure the maintenance …
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No home match this season
In Ligue 1, Marquinhos’ teammates fell against all their opponents for the title: Lille (0-1), Monaco (0-2) and OL (0-1). Without registering the slightest goal. Dimitri Payet’s OM came to Paris to win for the first time in nine years (0-1). Even Nantes, yet in the fight for maintenance, came away with the three points. In the Champions League, Marcus Rashford and Manchester United again played a bad trick on the Parisians during the group stage (1-3).
There is also the particularly difficult victory against Leipzig, thanks to a penalty from Neymar (1-0). But also a draw against Bordeaux (2-2) and a disappointing performance against Barça, in the round of 16 second leg (1-1). That’s a lot for one of the best teams in Europe.
Bayern undefeated away from home since 2017 in C1
At the time of receiving Bayern Munich, this Tuesday in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1), PSG will have to reclaim their land. After a heroic victory at the Allianz Arena last week (2-3), the battle promises to be just as tough against the partners of Thomas Müller. A team that has not lost away in the Champions League since September 27, 2017. It was precisely at the Parc des Princes against PSG (3-0), with the festival of Kylian Mbappé in front of David Alaba and the ouster of Carlo Ancelotti in the wake.
Since this dirty evening, Bayern remains on 17 trips without defeat in the competition (13 wins, 4 draws). With 29.4% clean sheet, nearly one in three matches without conceding a goal. Not really enough to reassure the champions of France, who have quite worrying stats at home in C1.
Since the start of the competition, Paris has on average only 48.1% possession of the ball at the Park. Only Porto does less well with 37.6%. Presnel Kimpembe’s teammates are averaging 5.8 shots on target per game. This is the worst ratio in this Champions League. Ditto for the “expected goals” (probability that an opportunity turns into a goal), with 1.5 suffered per game.
The miracles of Navas
Fortunately, the capital club can count on its guardian angel. Since his arrival in the summer of 2019 from Real Madrid, Keylor Navas has been doing wonders in goals. Over the last two seasons, the Costa Rican is quite simply the most decisive goalkeeper in C1, with 79.7 saved shots and 10 goals avoided for his team.
Under the snow of Munich, he was phenomenal (10 saves) to repel the assaults of Bayern, which only found the fault twice on its 31 occasions. He will undoubtedly have to repeat his performance to send PSG into the last four. And seal one of the greatest exploits in the history of French football.