Who will stop PSG stars Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi in the Champions League round of 16 second leg? Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann already has an idea.
FC Bayern Munich was able to complete the final training session for the Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain with the best players.
In the 500th European Cup game of the German record champions on Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN) in the Allianz Arena, coach Julian Nagelsmann has to replace the goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (broken leg) and Lucas Hernández, who will be out until the end of the season, as well as the in-form defender Benjamin Pavard.
The Frenchman, who was present at training on the club’s premises, saw the yellow-red card three weeks ago in Bayern’s 1-0 round of 16 first leg in Paris’ Prinzenpark and is therefore suspended. “We need another solution,” Nagelsmann said about Pavard’s failure.
Who will stop Mbappé and Messi?
The Munich coach is apparently planning in the back three with the young Croatian Josip Stanisic as a Pavard replacement. The 22-year-old is supposed to slow down the PSG attackers Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi in a defensive alliance with the regulars Dayot Upamecano and Matthijs de Ligt.
Nagelsmann expects the French series champions to be “significantly more offensive” in the starting XI in Munich with top scorer Mbappé, who was only substituted on after an injury in the first leg. “They need at least one goal to equalize,” said the Bayern coach. No changes are expected in Munich’s starting eleven compared to the 2-1 win against VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga last weekend.
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