Champions League: Holders Bayern Munich host embattled PSG with out Robert Lewandowski

Champions League: Holders Bayern Munich host embattled PSG with out Robert Lewandowski

Of the 103 targets Bayern have scored both within the Bundesliga or Champions League this season, Lewandowski has contributed to 46 of them with both a objective or an help.

Champions League: Holders Bayern Munich host embattled PSG without Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka, left, celebrates with teammate Thomas Mueller, after scoring the opening objective of the sport through the German Bundesliga match towards RB Leipzig. AP

Holders Bayern Munich face a check of their potential to defend their Champions League crown with out top-scoring striker Robert Lewandowski at dwelling to embattled Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday.

A knee harm has dominated Lewandowski out of each the quarter-final dwelling leg on the Allianz Enviornment and the return in Paris subsequent Tuesday.

The timing couldn’t be worse with Lewandowski sidelined for the two-legged repeat of final season’s Champions League ultimate when a Kingsley Coman header gave Bayern the title after a 1-0 win over PSG.

Of the 103 targets Bayern have scored both within the Bundesliga or Champions League this season, Lewandowski has contributed to 46 of them with both a objective or an help.

But Bayern proved on the weekend that they will win a giant sport with out him.

Leon Goretzka hit the winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at second-placed RB Leipzig to go away Bayern seven factors clear on the high of the Bundesliga.

“Clearly, they’re higher with Lewandowski,” Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann mentioned of Bayern. “However they’ve a world-class group and sensible gamers to play in his place.”

Having already confronted Leipzig, Lewandowski’s understudy Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is about to make solely his third Champions League begin this season towards his former membership.

‘Large anticipation’

The 32-year-old Cameroon striker left PSG after approaching as a substitute towards Bayern in final season’s Champions League ultimate.

“The anticipation is large,” Choupo-Moting mentioned of dealing with his ex-club.

“It’s the new version of final yr’s ultimate.

“Maybe no one would have anticipated that we might meet once more so shortly.”

Bayern, who’re on a run of 19 video games unbeaten within the Champions League, have a rating to settle with PSG, towards whom they’ve misplaced 5 of their 9 earlier matches.

But PSG have their very own issues, on and off the pitch.

Brazil famous person Neymar was despatched off throughout Saturday’s 1-0 dwelling defeat to Lille, who usurped Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG as French league leaders.

Kylian Mbappe, who scored 4 targets over two legs of their final 16 to assist knock out Barcelona, is predicted to accomplice Neymar in PSG’s star-studded assault.

COVID-19 has forged a shadow over the PSG squad with each defender Alessandro Florenzi and midfielder Marco Verrati having examined optimistic.

However, PSG’s German defender Thilo Kehrer, who might change Florenzi at right-back towards Bayern, says the Parisian membership is keen to avenge final season’s ultimate defeat.

“The frustration was enormous, however within the meantime we have turned it into motivation — and that has turn out to be even higher to win the Champions League now,” Kehrer informed Sport Bild.

Bayern have the power in depth to manage with out Lewandowski.

Saturday’s match-winner Goretzka has been concerned in seven targets in Bayern’s final 5 league matches.

The burly 26-year-old confirmed nice ending with an outstanding shot after being arrange in Leipzig by Thomas Mueller, who has nicknamed his team-mate ‘SCOREtzka’.

“I suppose Thomas was bored through the worldwide break. I needed to rating to show ‘Mull’ (Mueller) proper,” quipped Goretzka when requested about his new nickname.

Bayern’s defence can even be boosted by the return of fleet-footed left-back Alphonso Davies and centre-back Jerome Boateng, who have been each suspended for the sport towards Leipzig.

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