Champions League: warning without (too much) costs for PSG against Bayern
PSG’s defense outclassed by Bayern Munich, winner with a double by Corentin Tolisso, on 5 December 2017 at the Allianz Arena
3-0 in the first leg, Bayern Munich took revenge on Tuesday at home against Paris SG (3-1), unable to take the lead group A but reminding Parisians that even with Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, the Champions League will be very difficult to win.
Two goals scored quickly by the Polish Robert Lewandowski (8th) and the French midfielder Corentin Tolisso (37th), later author of a double (69th), Parisians febrile defensively … He floated Tuesday night in the Allianz Arena on remember Barcelona where Paris suffered a terrible 6-1 defeat last season after winning the round of 16 first leg (4-0).
PSG has yet paid more than 400 million euros this summer to attract his tormentor that evening, the Brazilian Neymar, and the rising star of French football, Kylian Mbappé, scorer (50th) and best Parisian Tuesday night, the story of no longer living such an evening.
– Different consequences –
And indeed, the consequences are quite different in Munich, since Paris finishes the pool phase in the first place of his group A, which should maximize his chances of facing a more accessible opponent in the round of 16. This will also allow him to receive the return match, not like last season.
But still, against a Bayern Munich methodical, solid in defense and in the middle, set right by Jupp Heynckes, PSG was able to measure the path he had to go until his ultimate goal of winning the Champions League .
His two nuggets made their match, especially Mbappé heating the third minute gloves Sven Ulreich a powerful shot (3rd). He also managed some pretty centers including one missed by Edinson Cavani (8th) and the other sent by Niklas Süle (30th) and could have afforded a double at the end of the game.
Above all, he scored from the top (50th), a goal full of confidence on a center of Edinson Cavani to the greatest relief of the 3,800 Parisian fans present in the visitor park of the Allianz Arena – and often noisier than the entire stadium.
Here is the kid of 19 years more than ever better “teenager” of the Champions League with already 10 goals in career (4 with Paris) in the competition queen of clubs.
– Febrile defense –
As for Neymar, he went down very low to replace his midfielder and did not hesitate to take the game on their own, but failed to score a goal that would have made him the first to score in each of the six Champions League days.
But Paris suffered a lot in defense, including Layvin Kurzawa against very good Kingsley Coman, formed by the Paris club. He also lost his captain, Thiago Silva (72), who was not always sovereign.
Already beaten in the cold Strasbourg on Saturday (2-1), the men of Unai Emery have generally seemed very feverish, far from the serenity posted since the start of the group stage which saw him enter a total of 25 goals, a record in the competition.
The Italian Marco Verratti was quite convincing, as was Adrien Rabiot. But the Bavarian defense, guided by an imperial Mats Hummels, was made of another wood than those of Anderlecht or Celtic Glasgow.
But if Paris intends to win this season the Champions League, it will beat teams of the same caliber as Bayern again dangerous and always inspired in the construction of its attacks. Tuesday, despite the sums disbursed this summer, he never seemed to have the means.