PSG 2021 Bayern Munich vs. player ratings. Neymar. Kylian Mbappe .

PSG 2021 Bayern Munich vs.  player ratings. Neymar. Kylian Mbappe .
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PSG 2021 Bayern Munich vs. player ratings. Neymar. Kylian Mbappe .

PSG PSG ratings: Munich … player Bayern Neymar, Mbappe vs. Kylian

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:00:00 -0700

Kylian Mbappe scored twice, Neymar recorded two assists and Keylor Navas made a number of incredible saves as the French side won the rematch of last year's 

Paris Saint-Germain are on the verge of advancing to the Champions League semifinals after an impressive 3-2 win at Bayern Munich in their quarterfinal first leg.

Kylian Mbappe scored twice, Neymar recorded two assists and Keylor Navas made a number of incredible saves as the French side won the rematch of last year’s final.

Here’s how all the players in the match performed, along with a rating for each.

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Manuel Neuer — Goalkeeper

Bottled the first goal by trying to outsmarting Mbappe.

Was let down by his defense on all three goals in the lead up to the strike.

A night to forget for him. Rating: 4

Lucas Hernandez — Defender

Decent but nothing more.

Had a couple tackles, but his balls going forward weren’t all that great.

Had trouble with PSG’s speed, as did everybody else. Rating: 4

David Alaba — Defender

His positioning was horrendous at times, having to try and sprint back on both first-half goals.

Really should have scored late, missing a golden chance just wide of the post. Rating: 4

Niklas Sule — Defender

Asleep at the wheel all night long.

He’s slow to begin with, but Franklin the turtle would beat him in a race.

He was just torn to shreds and failed to react even at a below-average rate.

He was horrific. Rating: 1

Benjamin Pavard — Defender

Solid and nearly scored in the first half, while having other decent looks as well in the second.

Most of the action in attack wasn’t down his flank.

Did get an assist. Rating: 6.5

Leon Goretzka — Midfielder

Boy did he waste a lovely chance in front of goal that will give him nightmares.

He really never got involved too much before coming off with what seemed to be an injury. Rating: 5

Joshua Kimmich — Midfielder

A bright spot with some lovely balls into the box.

Does everything well and recorded a fine assist in this one.

Will be key in the second leg if Bayern are to come back. Rating: 7

Thomas Muller — Attacking midfielder (⚽ 60′)

Did miss an absolutely golden opportunity in the first half but got his team an important goal on the hour-mark with a fine header.

He would have liked to been more involved in attack. Rating: 7

Kingsley Coman — Attacking midfielder

Showed his pace but struggled to create much in space early.

Did end up creating three chances and had four shots of his own, but none of his looks were all that great. Rating: 5

Leroy Sane — Attacking midfielder

He was just OK.

Wasn’t heavily involved and faded as the game went on.

His passing was also off, completing a team-low 77.5 percent of them.

Rating: 4

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting — Forward (⚽ 37′)

Replaced Robert Lewandowski well, doing his job by getting a well taken goal in the first half.

His passing was superb and should have had an assist to Alaba. Rating: 7.5

Alphonso Davies — Defender

The Canadian did well to bring some pace to the defense and get down the flank to create some danger.

His passing was precise. Rating: 6

Jerome Boateng — Defender

Not great off the bench, as he was schooled by Mbappe on the third goal.

Rating: 4

Hansi Flick — Coach

Playing Sule is a liability.

To his credit, the team played well in attack, but that defense has a lot of work ahead of itself.

Going to be hard to turn this around. Rating: 3

Keylor Navas — Goalkeeper

Multiple big saves.

Not helped by his defense aerially on either of Bayern’s goals in difficult conditions.

The difference between a fortuitous draw and a famous win.

Rating: 8 

Colin Dagba — Defender

Unexpectedly given a start and ultimately a full 90-minute outing.

While he found it tough, especially early on, he grew more into the encounter as it went on.

Rating: 5

Marquinhos — Defender (⚽ 28′)


Strong defensive display while he was on and scored a priceless second away goal before coming off injured.

PSG need him operational next week.

Rating: 8

Presnel Kimpembe — Defender

Not the same without Marquinhos alongside him but that is to be expected when such a familiar pairing is broken up.

Will need to raise his game in Paris.

Rating: 6

Abdou Diallo — Defender

Continued his solid run of performances at left-back before being withdrawn at half-time with what must have been a physical issue of some sort.

Rating: 6

Danilo Pereira — Midfielder

To go 90 minutes after an injury is impressive but to go a full game in an unfavored secondary role is even more admirable and he did just that filling in for Marquinhos.

Arguably should have done better on one goal but was otherwise sound.

Rating: 7

Idrissa Gueye — Midfielder

Much better than the majority of his performances for PSG have been.

This was in the same range as him imp0ressive early display against Real Madrid as he involved himself thoroughly.

Rating: 7

Angel Di Maria — Attacking midfielder

Played roles in two of the three goals but was missing at times and suffered physically the longer the game wore on.

Rating: 6

Neymar — Attacking midfielder

Another superb continental display from the Brazilian who continues to save his best for these sorts of nights with two sublime assists and played through discomfort for much of the second 45.

Rating: 8

Julian Draxler — Attacking midfielder

Went 90 minutes but picked up a second half booking and contributed towards one of Bayern’s two goals in agame that could have been so different had his first half strike not been ruled offside.

Rating: 5

Kylian Mbappe — Forward (⚽ 3′, ⚽ 68′)

Once again, the main man with two goals in an impressive display that saw him deliver on the biggest stage for the third consecutive game.

A poor miss when offside in the second half should not detract from another groundbreaking moment in his young career.

Rating: 9

Ander Herrera — Midfielder

Solid but unspectacular, as is often the case, after he was sent on to replace the injured Marquinhos as Pochettino moved his pieces around.

Rating: 6

Mitchel Bakker — Defender

Something of a forgotten man under Pochettino, the Dutchman was given a chance and although it was far from plain sailing, he did not disgrace himself as PSG muddled through with two inexperienced full backs.

Rating: 5

Moise Kean — Forward

Sent on for Di Maria and was unlucky not to get played in late on for what probably would have been a fourth Parisien goal.

Rating: N/A

Rafinha — Midfielder

Given a token run-out in place of Neymar for the final few minutes as the game played out.

Rating: N/A

Mauricio Pochettino — Manager

Considering his depleted squad pre-match and how he lost further players during the game, the Argentine handled himself well — despite having to ride out serious pressure from the hosts.

Rating: 7

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The two UCL finalists from a season ago dazzled in the first leg of the quarterfinals, but will their vulnerabilities prevent either from returning to the title match?

The quibble with elite modern sides is that they only really play half the game, that they are so dominant in their domestic leagues that they forget how to, or simply don’t bother to, defend.

But the result is games like Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-2 win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals and a rematch of their August final in Lisbon.

It was chaotic, frenetic, frequently brilliant and tremendous fun.

Whether any side can win the Champions League defending like this must be doubtful.

Logic suggests the advantage lies with more balanced teams such as Manchester City and Chelsea.

Or perhaps the attacking might of a Bayern or a PSG will just blow them away.

The pace of the game, the level of creative invention was extraordinary—but perhaps the defensive shortcomings allowed it to be.

The question in last season’s Champions League final was whether Bayern’s high line would be vulnerable to the pace of Kylian Mbappé.

Bayern, though, was absolutely at its peak then and maintained such a compact shape that PSG was controlled relatively comfortably.

Here, though, it took Mbappé just three minutes to strike.

Bayern has not been defensively at its best this season, conceding 35 goals in 27 league games, and it was horribly exposed as Joshua Kimmich was isolated by a simple turnover on the left side of midfield.

Neymar surged forward and slipped in Mbappé, whose shot squirmed past Manuel Neuer.

What followed was mesmerizing.

Bayern, its unbeaten streak in the Champions League now done at 19 games, was threatening, at times sparkling, going forward.

Keylor Navas made a string of fine saves.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, the former PSG forward who was called upon to replace the injured Robert Lewandowski, had headed against the bar even before PSG took the lead.

And yet for all of Bayern’s dominance, for all the time it spent around the box, every counter caused panic.

Neuer’s distribution before halftime became haphazard, the defensive line dropped a couple of yards, and that in turn created space in midfield.

The almost impenetrable shape of August had vanished.

PSG had already had an effort ruled out for a tight offside when Marquinhos added the second.

Bayern had struggled from the start to deal with set plays, and when it half-cleared a corner after 28 minutes, two defenders stayed back as everybody else pushed out.

The result was that Marquinhos was onside as Neymar whipped a cross into the box, and he finished calmly.

But within seconds he was forced off with a groin injury.

Ander Herrera came on, but the defensive reshuffle left PSG short of height at the back.

Within five minutes, an unmarked Choupo-Moting had headed in Benjamin Pavard’s cross.

Even allowing for the COVID-19-related absences and the injuries (and both sides had made two substitutions before the start of the second half), it may be that the openness is inherent in both sides.

Bayern’s line is high—and functioned far better in the second half—and that means that it is always taking a calculated gamble.

No matter how good the press, how much pressure put on the player in possession, balls played in behind its defensive line, particularly given the pace of Neymar and Mbappé, will always be a threat.

Neymar and Mbappé, meanwhile, perform their defensive duties only intermittently.

Neymar was ferocious in the first half, less so in the second.

Even with the hard-working Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler in wide positions, that applies stress to the midfield.

The longer the second half went on, the more relentless Bayern became, and the more exhausted PSG looked.

The equalizer glanced in by Thomas Muller from Kimmich’s free kick had felt inevitable long before it arrived on the hour mark. 

But however weary PSG may have become, Mbappé remained a threat.

Draxler and Di Maria began the break and Mbappé finished it superbly, shaping to shoot in at the far post before dragging his finish between Jerome Boateng’s legs and in at the near post instead.

By the end, Bayern had racked up 28 chances to PSG’s six.

The defending champion could perhaps feel a touch unfortunate.

But any side that has such an obvious flaw, that defends so badly as a collective, is vulnerable.

Bayern must score at least twice in Paris next week to go through, but on the evidence of this game, it’s hard to believe PSG will itself not get at least one on the counter.

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Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that he “hopes” Marquinhos is fit for the 2nd leg. Abdou Diallo was taken off due to illness. Hell be available next week. #PSG #UCL

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Bayern-PSG such an entertaining game tonight and set up for a fascinating second leg next week. Bayern a little unlucky and if how PSG played at home to Bar?a is anything to go by, this is far from over yet. Can’t wait! #BayernPSG #UCL

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