Angel Di Maria has missed four games and has failed to recover for this one.
But Paris Saint-Germain’s defense was up to the task, and Alphonse Areola made several huge saves to keep Bayern off the scoreboard, and eventually the Germans’ momentum slowed – and PSG struck again, this time in the 31st minute off the strength of a gorgeous long-range shot from Edinson Cavani that found the top corner with incredible power.
Neymar and Cavani celebrate as PSG destroy Bayern 3-0 in the Champions League.
“PSG is a big club”. PSG would dominate the opening minutes off that momentum, but they started to back off Bayern a bit and gave the Germans a chance to create a long, sustained spell of attacking play that almost netted them several goals.
He also expressed confidence that Bayern would leave Paris with at least a point, saying that his club’s players were always “highly motivated” going into such big games. That is, of course, provided that Paris Saint-Germain follow up this performance with more like it.
“We need to enjoy this game, because this is one of the first times that I feel we are on an equal foot with Bayern Munich“, PSG midfielder Marco Verratti told the prematch press conference in Paris on Tuesday. We’ve seen them pop up with dominant showings before, but fail to back them up with similar performances, like how they flopped in their second leg against Barcelona in the knockout rounds previous year.
PSG dropped their first points of the domestic season with a 0-0 draw against mid-table Montpellier at the weekend, and Unai Emery will be eager to respond with a victory. The other teams see that we are serious. “That’s why we have more enemies now”.
Kimmich has been a regular in Bayern’s starting XI under Carlo Ancelotti early in 2017-18.
Ancelotti, meanwhile, has seen his side take just three wins from its last six games and Sunday’s trip to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga is now a vital one.
Seven minutes later Alves surged forward and threaded a pass to Mbappe, who pulled off a sublime piece of footwork to send David Alaba the wrong way before his shot rebounded off Martinez into the path of Neymar, with the former Barcelona man rifling it high into the net.
Then there is the question of who will take a penalty, should PSG draw one.
“Those who have the responsibility to be the most prepared (to take a penalty) are Neymar and Cavani”, said the Spaniard, who saw Cavani score from the spot in the 5-0 win at Celtic two weeks ago.
“The player who feels ready should take it”.