Bayern vs Paris Champions League round of 16 preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, line-ups
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
When is it? How can you watch it? What are the line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg between Bayern and Paris.
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Bayern and Paris meet in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg on Wednesday 8 March.
Bayern vs Paris at a glance
When: Wednesday 8 March (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Fußball Arena München, Munich
What: UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg
How it stands: First leg: 1-0
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage can be found here
Where to watch Bayern vs Paris on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.
What do you need to know?
Kingsley Coman returned to haunt his former club as Bayern edged to a narrow first-leg victory at Parc des Princes, but recent results suggest all is not lost for the Ligue 1 champions: The teams' last three meetings have all ended in away victories – including a 3-2 triumph for Mauricio Pochettino's Paris in the 2020/21 quarter-finals. Kylian Mbappé, scorer of a double in that match, will be chomping at the bit in Munich after his promising cameo off the bench against Julian Nagelsmann's charges.
Bayern: Sommer; Stanišić, Upamecano, De Ligt, Davies; Goretzka, Müller, Kimmich; Coman, Choupo-Moting, Musiala
Misses next match if booked: Kimmich, Mazraoui
Paris: Donnarumma; Danilo, Ramos, Marquinhos; Hakimi, Vitinha, Verratti, Fabián Ruiz, Nuno Mendes; Messi, Mbappé
Misses next match if booked: Neymar, Ramos, Verratti
Form (all competitions, most recent first): WWLWWW
Where they stand: 1st in Bundesliga, German Cup quarter-finals
Form (all competitions, most recent first): WWWLLL
Where they stand: 1st in Ligue 1
Jordan Maciel, Bayern reporter
Bayern were the superior side when these two sides met in Paris in the first leg, but their 1-0 lead is as slender as it gets ahead of the return in Munich this week. Unlike at the Parc des Princes, the German league leaders will have to contend with a fully-fit Mbappé, whose presence shifted the momentum in favour of the Parisians during his second-half cameo three weeks ago. A strong defensive effort is the minimum Nagelsmann will demand from his side if they are to reach the quarter-finals.
Ian Holyman, Paris reporter
It's all about the M factor in the second leg. Mbappé missed most of the first leg, and Paris missed him hugely. He's been in sizzling form since, scoring five times in three league games to become his club's all-time leading scorer. Can Bayern contain the France forward while playing at home, trying to control possession and the game? That will surely leave space which Mbappé's pace can – and will – exploit.
What the coaches say
Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern coach: "We need to avoid taking too long to settle into the game. One job we have will be to avoid having too much space behind our backline. It will be important to cut off passes to [Lionel] Messi. Paris have a clear identity and habits that you can exploit, but they can hit you on the counter if you get it wrong."
Christophe Galtier, Paris coach: "We must play a lot more than we did in the first leg. We have another game plan. The presence of Kylian Mbappé gives more depth. We want to play higher and put on more pressure. And if possible get the ball back earlier from Bayern."
Where is the 2023 Champions League final?
Istanbul's Atatürk Olympic Stadium will host the final on Saturday 10 June 2023.
The winners gain a place in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.