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Early final tonight in the Champions League

The European Champions League wheel is spinning again, tonight, when French Paris Saint-Germain meets Bayern Munich today at the “Princes’ Park” stadium in the French capital, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the competition, in a repeated confrontation from the final of the 2020 edition, when the Bavarian giant won the title. The European Champions League at the expense of the French team, and in the next edition, the Parisians succeeded in eliminating the German team from the quarter-finals.

Paris Saint-Germain qualified for the group stage after occupying the eighth group runner-up behind Benfica of Portugal.

Bayern Munich topped Group C, with a full mark, at the expense of Italian Inter and Spanish Barcelona.

Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich enter today’s match amid several crises. In Paris, the league title holder was defeated by Olympique de Marseille in the cup 2-1, before another defeat at the hands of Monaco 3-1 in the league, in addition to reports that revealed disturbances inside the locker room after the quarrel. Between the Brazilian duo Neymar and Marquinhos with technical advisor Luis Campos.

At the same time, Paris seems far from its level due to the injuries that hit its most important elements, and doubts arise about the participation of the golden star, Kylian Mbappe, while Lionel Messi returns from injury, and the Portuguese Renato Sanchez will not be present in front of Bayern Munich, with doubts about Fabian Ruiz joining the match as well.

It is expected that Paris coach Galtier will play the match in the 4-2-3-1 method that he has relied on since the beginning of the season, mainly taking advantage of the presence of Neymar and Messi in the center of the attack, while defensively his main reliance will be on the experiences of Marquinhos alongside Sergio Ramos, with the presence of Ashraf Hakimi on the right front. As usual.

In Munich, Bayern is also not going through its best conditions, since the beginning of 2023 it has been facing fluctuations in results, and also a dispute inside the dressing room after Manuel Neuer objected to the administration after the goalkeeper coach was dismissed at the request of coach Julian Nagelsmann.

A rich history between the two teams

Before today’s match, the two teams met several times, the first meeting of the two teams in the Champions League was the 1994-95 season in the group stage, at which time Paris St.

Bayern Munich currently tops the Bundesliga standings with 43 points, one point behind Union Berlin, and Paris also tops the French League standings with 54 points, 5 points ahead of Marseille, its closest pursuer.

In another match, AC Milan hosts Tottenham Hotspur

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