PSG’s Argentinian midfielder is disappointed to miss the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich.
Defeated by Lille this weekend, Paris Saint-Germain will have to show a whole different face on Wednesday night at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich. It is the meeting of the season for the PSG which will try to take its revenge on the Bavarian club which beat it in final of this same competition in Lisbon last summer during the Final 8. A shock at the top between the last two finalists, however the PSG players, aware of not having been spared by the draw, are ready to face the Bavarian ogre without the slightest complex.
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In an interview with the official PSG website, Leandro Paredes returned to the Champions League draw: “It’s the most difficult competition. And to go to the final, and to win it, you have to face the best. And that’s what happens for us. We were in a difficult group, then we have faced Barça, and now it’s Bayern. That’s how it is, you have to be ready to face all the teams. ”
The Argentine considers that PSG are not the same as last season when they faced Bayern Munich: “I think we needed to improve mentally compared to last season. And I think we got there. With the physical work we do and the recovery bit by bit after a complicated start to the season, so yes we are better than last season. We have quality players, and we have the ambition to go far “.
“Missing the game against Bayern is hard”
After the defeat against Lille, PSG no longer has the right to misstep to be champion of France. The capital club will have a busy schedule with only decisive matches in each competition, but the team is ready according to Leandro Paredes: “The group is 100% ready. We have a lot of desire, to do well, to win. We are approaching this last part of the season with a lot of desire, and this meeting motivates us a lot”.
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The Argentina international confessed he was disappointed to miss the first leg against Bayern Munich: “It’s hard to live with, I won’t be able to be on the pitch to help my teammates. I knew I was under suspension when we were playing against Barcelona. I took that yellow card, that is. is tough but that’s the way it is. But I have confidence in my teammates to get a good result there, and I hope to be available for the second leg. ”
PSG will have a hard time facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. In addition to the absence of Leandro Paredes suspended, the champion of France in the title will also have to compose without Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi, positive for Covid-19. Paris Saint-Germain hope to be able to count on the return of Danilo Pereira, injured against Lille, in midfield. For its part, Bayern Munich will be deprived of Robert Lewandowski.