Neymar’s dream is to bring Bayern home
champions league: These two matches should have been in front of a packed gallery. The gallery was buzzing with the sound of spectators, the spectators were dancing and singing, the sky was screaming at every goal-attack or the beginning and end of the match … then maybe these two matches deserved to be understood. Alas, coronavirus!
The two matches between PSG and Bayern Munich are probably the best doubles in the Champions League so far, though in the gallery. Attacks, counter-attacks, thrills, tactics – what was not! Neymar-Mbappe’s PSG laughed at the end of these two legs of the thrilling Champions League quarter-final.
After losing to Bayern Munich in last season’s final, Neymar’s dream of winning the first Champions League title with PSG has remained unfulfilled, this time the Neymars have said goodbye to Bayern in the quarter-finals – we are coming again! In the semi-finals, Neymar is now waiting for the winning team between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.
At the end of yesterday’s match, the win, draw, loss were all seen by PSG. PSG lost 1-0 in the second leg at home yesterday. The two teams drew 3-3 in the two legs, but PSG went to the semi-finals due to scoring more goals in the opponent’s field.
Neymar went to Bayern last Wednesday and won 3-2. That was the gap that was supposed to be created. That is what happened. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer also lamented at the end of yesterday’s match, ‘We were not left out due to tonight’s performance. The 1-0 victory here was deserved. But the result in Munich (3-2 in the first leg) was bad. That’s why we were behind before today’s match. ‘
In the first leg, Bayern scored only two goals with 31 shots, one of 14 shots yesterday. Is the loss of the club’s goal machine Robert Lewandowski due to injury the reason for the exclusion of Bayern? Nayar admits, not doing it again, ‘It was very annoying not to be able to take advantage of so many opportunities in the first leg. Did we miss Lewandowski? We missed all those who could not play today. It is difficult (not to have so many players) against a quality team like PSG. ‘
Bayern knew before the match that these two are not there. That’s why Bayern coach Hansi Flick said before the match that they wanted to cause a “minor mishap” in Paris. Didn’t.
Bayern dominated the match with possession of the ball or taking shots, but PSG got more chances. Neymar has missed goals several times, sometimes because of Nayyar, sometimes because of Bayern’s goalposts. Another PSG star, Killian Mbappe, was so desperate for a goal that he went offside eight times in a match – the highest of any player in a single match in this year’s Champions League.
After winning the first leg and getting 3 goals on the opponent’s field, PSG knew that it would not be easy for Bayern to come back. The German champions had to win by at least two goals. Defender Marquinhos and playmaker Marco Verratti have been ruled out of Paris due to injuries. PSG coach Mauricio Pachettino, therefore, went on a counter-attack policy, keeping the defense right. In the first leg, however, he played the team with this strategy.
Don’t play or why! Bayern prefers to keep the defense high on the field (high line defense), and PSG has a creative like Neymar and an explosive one like Mbappe. If you consider the goal as the only result of the strategy, then the PSG did not get the result of that strategy tomorrow. However, Bayern has suffered repeatedly.
Neymar had four chances in the first half, three of which survived. Bayern goalkeeper Neymar returned Neymar twice, once leaving the post and blocking a shot from the Brazilian forward. After that, Neymar’s goal was blocked twice in three minutes.
Bayern would have taken a 2-0 lead in the first half if Alabar’s lightning shot from outside the box had not been returned by Navas. That did not happen, but the pressure of the PSG did not abate. The history of the collapse of the PSG in the second leg of the knockout stage of the Champions League in the last decade is no less. Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United … who knows if the memories were worrying PSG fans then.
Only one goal in the match could change fate! If Bayern had scored a goal, it would have been a big blow for PSG. Both teams have got a lot of opportunities. At the start of the second half, Anhel di Maria failed to touch Neymar’s foot on the cross, a goal by Mbappe was canceled offside. In the meantime, PSG lost their left-back Abdu Diallo due to injury. Bayern, therefore, pressed harder on PSG.
With the presence of Mbappe-Neymar, Bayern’s fears were justified, as PSG could score in a counter-attack at any time. But then where is the time to think about all this flick team! The winners of last season’s Champions League are attacking in a hurry, if they don’t score a goal, they will just say goodbye. That goal never came again. Even after losing in the second leg, PSG in the semi-final. The last whistle was greeted by the bench of the host team with a loud shout.
“I am just happy to lose. We played against a great team, they are the current champions of Europe. But we have reached the semi-finals again, ”Neymar told French channel RMC Sport. In the second semi-final of the PSG, which was eliminated in the last 16 of the previous three seasons, the dream of something big is now bright again. Neymar sang the dream song, ‘We are a real team now. The most important thing is that we have advanced to the next round. Now we can look at something bigger. ”
Last season, the vision was not ‘good luck’, the dream of making his name in the history of winning the first Champions League for PSG, which was held by Neymar. He walked past the trophy on the title stage. Brazilian poster boy can go one step higher than him?
Time to tell!