They say rematches are served on cold plates and the PSG beat the Bayern Munich in a series of 180 minutes of low temperatures. It was possibly the most even key to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals due to the individual quality of the players in question.
Mauricio Pochettino had to face his first great challenge at the head of the Parisian team’s technical direction and he did not disappoint. He brought out the reigning race champion and positioned the French as one of the great candidates to win in 2021.
The three keys to PSG
Keylor Navas: all the spotlights go to Neymar and Mbappé for being world superstars. However, it is not for nothing that the Costa Rican goalkeeper raised three Champions League matches with Real Madrid on a stellar basis.
The Tico grew in the first leg with 10 blocked goals in a game that Bayern Munich seemed like an offensive gale at home. He was the great difference in a game that the Bavarians deserved to win, instead they were defeated 2 – 3. On the return leg he also excelled with four saves, so that PSG kept their overall result positive (3-3) and passed through away goal.
SAN KEYLOR NAVAS
⏰ 180 minutes
🧤 14 covered
⚽ 3 goals
– Raúl Zambrano Cabello (@ RaulZambrano7) April 13, 2021
Kylian Mbappé: With a World Cup in his backpack, the French scorer only has to lift the UEFA Champions League to win the most important thing at club level. In the first leg he took two goals from his portfolio in Germany to give his team an advantage that would be more than enough.
That’s why he took the MVP in that duel. While in the return he showed another face of an assistant, but Neymar missed the key pass that he put. He scored a great goal, but was slightly ahead. He has 8 goals and 3 assists in 9 Champions League games in 2021.
36 dribbles completed for Kylian Mbappe this season in the UEFA Champions League.
¡¡¡36!!! ⚡⚡⚡ pic.twitter.com/3opTYU36iR
– Football (@Futbool_Fotos) April 14, 2021
Neymar: again he left without scoring and that detracted from him in his performances in the quarterfinals. However, the Brazilian distributed a couple of assists in the first leg that were decisive. He retaliated for not being able to play in the round of 16 against FC Barcelona due to injury.
The scoring scandal that Neymar was creating against Bayern.😱💥 pic.twitter.com/Rcm9Wg7MwP
– DosisFutbolera.com (@Dosis_Futbolera) April 13, 2021
In the return against the Bavarians he was once again that important and key player in the Parisian scheme. He took the reins of his team and generated terror in the Munich defense, which is why he took the MVP of the duel. He has 6 goals and 3 assists in 7 games in the 2021 Champions League. Will he continue at the club for next season?
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.