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Nagelsmann surprised by ´passive´ PSG in Bayern´s 1-0 win

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 14 Feb 2023


Julian Nagelsmann and Bayern Munich were surprised they were allowed to be so dominant in their 1-0 win at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

In one of the ties of the last 16 in the Champions League, Bayern headed to Paris to take on a PSG side who were only able to name Kylian Mbappe on the bench.

Until Mbappe was introduced shortly after Kingsley Coman’s decisive goal early in the second half, Bayern were in complete control.

The Bundesliga champions bossed 57.5 per cent of the possession in a first half in which they attempted 10 shots to just one from PSG.

Indeed, that PSG attempt, a blocked Lionel Messi free-kick in stoppage time, came after their longest wait for a first shot in a Champions League match since at least 2003-04.

Even with Mbappe missing from the starting XI, Bayern coach Nagelsmann had expected more from the home side.

“We played a really good game in the first 25 minutes, had very good control,” he said. “We can play even more direct towards the goal.

“You had the feeling that we were very surprised that we had the ball so much and Paris wanted to do relatively little.

“I knew they always defend deep, but the fact that they’re so passive and so very deep and not really designed to win the ball surprised me a bit.”

A 1-0 win courtesy of a Coman goal brought back happy memories for Bayern, with the result a repeat of their 2020 final defeat of PSG.

Coman has scored only five knockout goals in the Champions League, but two of them have now come against his former club.

“I was born here in Paris. That’s why I didn’t cheer after my goal,” the winger explained of his muted celebration. “We’re happy that we won.”

Coman completed a half-century of Champions League appearances and celebrated his 39th win in the competition, a record for a player at the 50-game stage.

However, he had to be withdrawn later in the second half due to injury.

“I have some calf problems,” Coman said. “I got a blow to the ankle, but I hope it’s only a few days.”


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