Defending champs Bayern missing key stars for Champions League last eight clash with PSG

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Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are carrying the hopes of PSG as they face Bayern Munich in Champions League last eight.Photo by Getty Images
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are carrying the hopes of PSG as they face Bayern Munich in Champions League last eight.Photo by Getty Images

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Holders Bayern Munich will be without winger Serge Gnabry for Wednesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Paris St-Germain.

Bayern, who are seven points clear in the German Bundesliga, already have star striker Robert Lewandowski and midfielder Marc Roca sidelined.

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Leroy Sane is likely to replace Gnabry who tested positive for Covid-19.

We’re playing against the best team on the continent at the moment. But we are optimistic. We have already knocked out Barcelona [in the last 16

PSG’s Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti miss out after testing positive for Covid-19 last week.

Brazil superstar Neymar and France forward Kylian Mbappé will lead the attack for the French giants at the Allianz Arena. Although the weekend defeat by Lille was PSG’s 10th in all competitions this season, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is still relishing the chance of ending Bayern’s unbeaten run of 19 Champions League games.

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“We’re playing against the best team on the continent at the moment. But we are optimistic. We have already knocked out Barcelona [in the last 16],” he said.

The quarter-final draw is a repeat of last year’s final, where a tightly contested showpiece in Lisbon, Portugal, was decided by a Kingsley Coman header to hand Bayern a sixth Champions League crown. – BBC


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