• French Champions Face UCL Elimination Again After Losing To Bayern In France
  • Why do they always Falter When it matters most?
  • What Can They Do To Qualify for the next round in Munich Next Month?

PSG 0 – 1 Bayern Munich

Like he did in the 2020 UCL final, Kingsley Coman once again broke the hearts of PSG supporters when he coolly slotted the ball underneath the hands of fumbling Gianluigi Donnarumma. For much of the game, the Parisians were overpowered in midfield by the industry of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.

Bayern Munich players celebrate their goal against PSG

PSG were missing some key midfielders themselves in the first half, but even at that, Lionel Messi and Neymar failed to inspire the Ligue 1 side. Bayern scored in the second half, and it wasn’t until a half-fit Kylian Mbappé came on that the home team began to look threatening.

The French star had the ball in the back of the net, but VAR chopped the goal off for a marginal offside. Yet again, with all the smart investments in the summer, PSG still do not look like a team that can win the Champions League. It might seem a little too early to judge them, but given that winning the UCL is the only concrete goal the French club has had for over 8 years now, criticism is needed.

Neymar lying bows his head in frustration as PSG as failed to break down Bayern Munich.

PSG Continue To Falter When The Stakes Are High

PSG did not face the best Bayern Munich side on Tuesday night. The Bavarians have had their own struggles of late, but they were able to work for themselves and get an impressive result away from home in the knock-out rounds of the Champions League as a team.

PSG signed hard-working midfielders in the summer, players that can do all the hard work so Messi, Mbappé and Neymar can shine and propel them to UCL glory, but it has not looked that way in the UCL this season and most-recently, domestically. They always seem to falter when the stakes are high.

Bayern Celebrating vs PSG 2023.

Can They Do It In Germany?

In terms of going to Bavaria to engineer a win and qualify for the quarter-finals, PSG have a squad that should be capable of that, but are they?… really? Bayern will be even more comfortable at home with their noisy fans behind them, spurring them on to dump one of the tournament’s favourites out of the UCL as early as the round of 16.

If Messi, Neymar, Mbappé and co want to stand any chance of leaving Germany with their UCL dream still alive they would have to give their best performance so far this season, no matter how Bayern Munich play.

There needs to be more commitment to doing the little things, more aggressiveness and strength in the middle of the park, more fight, fewer theatrics from Neymar, and also a more tactical approach from Christophe Galtier. It’s either that or PSG will have to say goodbye to their dream again, at least for another year.

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