Paris Saint-Germain have become a very unpredictable team in recent times and they’ve been blowing hot and cold whilst at it.
The Parisiens beat Bayern Munich 3:2 at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash.
The victory is a big one for the Ligue 1 giants as they continue in their quest to win the UCL title for the first time. They reached the final of the competition last season but were beaten by Bayern Munich who claimed the title.
Now, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will go into the second leg at Parc Des Princes with a major advantage and will be looking to sail past the Bavarian giants on their home turf. Now the question is; Will they eventually prove to be contenders or pretenders?
The fact is that it will be very foolhardy to write off Bayern Munich at any venue, and for a side like PSG who rarely win both legs in a tie in the UCL, Bayern are still in it.
It can be recalled that the Ligue 1 giants eliminated Barcelona in the previous round, all thanks to their performance away at the Camp Nou. However, at home, the Catalan giants dominated but the deficit proved too big to overturn.
The proceedings of yesterday’s game showed that the Bundesliga outfit should not be written off after the first leg result. They were without major key men in Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry but still gave as good as they got attack-wise.
Meanwhile, credits must go to Kylian Mbappe for impressing at the Allianz Arena with a brace to his name. The return leg takes place next week and it remains to be seen if the big names missing for Bayern would be available by then.
However, there is still a lot to play for in this game. PSG are out for revenge after last season’s final loss and Bayern won’t want to give up their title as defending champions without the Frenchmen sweating blood on the pitch.
Regardless, we never know what to expect from PSG in such key moments and we wait to see what transpires in the second leg. However, they’ll have to work very hard to eventually scale through and discipline would be key.
Mauricio Pochettino and his men must take advantage of their first-leg lead and prove that they’ve come of age and that they are now major contenders in the UCL.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich will have a thing or two to say about that. The second leg of this fixture is arguably the most anticipated game in the round and we look forward to it.