CL: ‘It’s a new game for us,` says Bayern Munich boss ahead of PSG clash


Holders Bayern Munich, who have already got top-scorer Robert Lewandowski sidelined, may be with out winger Serge Gnabry once they face PSG in Wednesday’s repeat of the 2020 Champions League ultimate. 
“Serge has a sore throat and can most likely be out as nicely,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick mentioned on Tuesday, ahead of the quarter-final first leg at house. 
More distress for Germans
Gnabry’s sickness might go away Bayern with out two key forwards in opposition to PSG. Lewandowski misses each legs with a knee harm after scoring 42 targets for Bayern this season together with 5 within the Champions League. Flick mentioned midfielder Marc Roca will even miss the primary leg on the Allianz Arena after selecting up an harm on Sunday in coaching. 
Bayern boss Hansi Flick
Should Gnabry drop out, his Germany teammate Leroy Sane will play on the flanks together with Kingsley Coman, whose header final August sealed a 1-0 win over PSG within the 2020 Champions League ultimate.  While the French giants could also be motivated to avenge that defeat in Lisbon, Flick performed down the ingredient of a rematch with Mauricio Pochettino having since changed Thomas Tuchel as PSG’s head coach. 
“For Paris perhaps, however not for us. It’s a new game, a new staff and Paris has a new coach,” Flick mentioned succinctly. Nevertheless there may be a lot of respect from the Bayern camp for PSG, whose line-up boasts the expertise of Brazil celebrity Neymar and France ahead Kylian Mbappe. 
Everyone is aware of “what attacking energy they’ve, with gamers like Neymar or Mbappe who can resolve a game at any time,” mentioned Bayern board member and former membership captain Oliver Kahn. “They are an absolute high opponent.” 
PSG are lacking defender Alessandro Florenzi and midfielder Marco Verratti, who’re quarantined after testing constructive for COVID-19. PSG had Neymar despatched off in Saturday’s 1-0 house defeat to Lille, who usurped them as French league leaders. The Parisian giants have already misplaced eight instances within the French league in 2020-21, probably the most throughout a single season for 10 years. 
Pochettino optimistic
Nevertheless, Pochettino is relishing the possibility to finish Bayern’s unbeaten run of 19 Champions League video games relationship again to March 2019. “We’re taking part in in opposition to the perfect staff on the continent in the intervening time. But we’re optimistic. We have already knocked out Barcelona,” he mentioned, in reference to PSG beating the Spanish giants within the Last 16. 
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