The quarterfinals of the Champions League will complete their first leg matches with two duels on Wednesday, the rematch of the last final Bayern Munich-Paris Saint-Germain and the visit of Chelsea to Porto in Seville, where the English seem favorites.
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The star match of the day will be that pulse between the champions of Germany and France, which automatically makes one think of the final of the 2019-2020 Champions League, which they played in August in Lisbon, with a 1-0 victory for Bayern. Paris Saint-Germain therefore faces his visit to Munich with the spirit of ‘vendetta’.
After eliminating FC Barcelona in the previous round, PSG gained momentum in its attempt to conquer the first European champion title in its history. A rematch of the ‘comeback’ of 6-1 in 2017 was claimed against Barça at the Camp Nou. And against Bayern he wants to follow the same path. “(The lost final) is in our heads, always,” attacker Kylian Mbappé admitted to TF1 television.
“Now we are in another context, there are two parties,” he said. Bayern coach Hansi Flick is confident that he can control the game against the French Ligue 1 champion. “Few things have changed since the final. We must be well placed and react very quickly when we lose the ball. It is also decisive that we do not think too much about not losing the ball and have confidence in our attack,” he analyzed on Tuesday.
Since the final in Lisbon, PSG has been walking with a certain irregularity. On Saturday they lost 1-0 to Lille in Ligue 1 and Mauricio Pochettino’s men gave a dubious image, which made them lose the lead in their national championship. “We lack regularity because things change from day to day,” acknowledged Pochettino.
However, the casualties could come to help PSG, as Bayern will not be able to count on their Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who was injured in a knee in the recent concentration with his selection. Serge Gnabry was declared sick this Tuesday, at first due to a sore throat and later confirmed as a case of covid-19, and the responsibility at the tip of the attack seems now to fall on Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting,
a former Paris SG player. In the Parisian squad, the absences due to covid-19 of Marco Verrati and Alessandro Florenzi, the suspension of Leandro Paredes and the injury of Mauro Icardi and Layvin Kurzawa represent a serious setback for Pochettino. – Seville, a ‘neutral’ setting.
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For its part, Chelsea ‘visits’ Porto in Seville, which will be the scene of the two games of the tie due to travel restrictions linked to the pandemic of the covid-19. Porto has the Colombians Luis Díaz and Matheus Uribe.
Chelsea are not coming to this game in the best of ways, losing 5-2 to West Bromwich on Saturday and finding their theoretical strength hurt since the arrival in January of coach Thomas Tuchel, their defender. In that game against West Bromwich, it was impossible to recognize the team that had kept its goal unbeaten in twelve of the previous fourteen games, including the two in the round of 16 against Atlético de Madrid (1-0, 2-0).
“Chelsea, until that last game (the 5-2 setback against West Bromwich), had been very competent, they are the second least beaten defense in the Champions League. They are a coherent and solid team. Those kinds of defeats serve as Warning. If you ask my opinion, I would have preferred that they win that last game, “admitted Porto coach Sergio Conceiçao.
Chelsea, until that last game (the 5-2 setback with West Bromwich), had been very competent, it is the second least beaten defense in the Champions League. They are a coherent and solid team.
Although he admits that the mission is not easy, he is excited about achieving victory: “The task will be very difficult, but our team will be ready.”
Porto is theoretically the ‘victim’ in this quarterfinal pulse, but in the previous round it already gave the surprise by eliminating Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, so Chelsea is already warned that anything is possible.
Bayern vs. PSG
2 p. m.
Porto vs. Chelsera
2 p. m.
TV: ESPN 2