This is why Messi knows PSG will beat Bayern in the Champions League
Paris Saint-Germain have received one of the toughest draws in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 as they face Bayern Munich for the third time in four years. It’s not the worst draw because Bayern are a playing team. This is a team that will give space. They had eliminated them two years ago; they had already made high-level matches. We had seen Bayern’s defensive shortcomings.
And this year, offensively, it’s the usual Bayern so it’s three or four goals in every game and it doesn’t change, but they defend with even fewer people than usual. Will it be the same against PSG? They may be changing their weapons a bit, but the Germans still have a lot of confidence. It’s not the worst draw. It will be an open match.
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The January transfer window will allow sporting adviser Luis Campos to correct a key weakness in the backline. During the summer transfer window, Campos had his sights set on Inter Milan defender Milan Škriniar but failed to meet the Serie A side’s asking price for the Slovak defender. PSG could land him and another central defender to improve depth in this position.
If they can do that, it may be enough for them to be the favorites going into the game. The French club are not known for making defensive purchases in the transfer market. This policy will have to change as the defense wins championships. Nothing is going well in the PSG attack. If their front three return from the World Cup injury-free, it will be a problem for Bayern.
The focus will have to change
Motivation is another key factor after Qatar, as the players will need to get over the honeymoon of victory or the hangover of defeat fairly quickly and focus on home duty again. It’s easier said than done. Just ask the club managers who have to coach their players endlessly when they return from international duty.