PSG Advances to Champions League Semi-Final After Beating Bayern on Away Goals
French giants Paris Saint-Germain are through to the semi-final of the Champions League despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes this week. The Ligue 1 champions walked away from the first leg of their quarter-final with a 3-2 win in Munich and are advancing on away goals.
But despite their away lead, Mauricio Pochettino’s team showed no intention of taking it slow, especially since the bets were in their favor. PSG’s Neymar hit the woodwork in the first half and almost increased his team’s lead.
Both teams played without their best players, raising speculation about a different outcome had they been on the field. Robert Lewandowski could have turned the tables for Bayern but was unfortunately absent due to injury. On the other hand, PSG lacked their captain, Marquinhos.
PSG will face off against Manchester City in the semis. Their win over title holders Bayern is also payback for last year’s 1-0 defeat in the final in Lisbon.
According to PSG’s winger Di María, it all comes down to hard work. “The team worked harder than ever, and I think the win is deserved. We are working really well. In training, there is a lot of concentration from all of us.”
And even though Manchester City are the favorites in the upcoming game, there is no shortage of betting enthusiasts who are expecting PSG to pull off an upset win.
When asked about the superb performance of his players and whether he believes the victory will inspire the team in the semi-finals, Pochettino said, “the quality is there, and they work so hard. Our job is to try to put these types of talents, they are geniuses, to work like a team. With the ball, they are, of course, fantastic. To feel that we are a team, that is the challenge for us, and at the moment, we are so happy about that.”
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