Sure, Bayern Munich could face Liverpool, AC Milan or Club Brugge in the next round of the Champions League, but why not make it a bit more adventurous and defeat the three-headed attacking monster Paris Saint? -Germain instead?
Granted, I personally want to see Bayern Munich crush Liverpool’s dreams, but it’s pretty obvious that PSG would be the best set of games, so let’s look at three reasons why this should be the game you’re hoping for in the draw. Monday’s UCL. .
slay the dragon
There may not be a trio of individual attacking talents on Earth like PSG have with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Although there would be some heat between the Messi/Neymar and Mbappe factions (despite public statements promoting unity), any player in the trio can change the game at any time.
It could be a dangerous path for Bayern Munich, but it could also help the team prove to themselves that they have the chops to succeed in the final rounds of the competition. If the defensive core of Lucas Hernandez, Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, Alphonso Davies and Noussair Mazraoui can combine to stop this triad of scoring power, it would go a long way to show the world that Bayern Munich’s backline stands for Enterprise.
Moreover, Bayern Munich’s own attack capable of overcoming PSG’s attack would also be a feather in the Bavarians’ cap.
Sure, the cast of characters has changed a bit at Bayern Munich, but the piquant nature of how that defeat felt in 2021 certainly hasn’t left players like Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer.
PSG loved and loved every second of the Bavarians sending off in this Champions League encounter. Think back and remember how much joy PSG took in those wins against a depleted and under-equipped Bayern Munich side.
The players have surely not forgotten it.
It’s simply the best match for entertainment
No offense to Liverpool, AC Milan or Club Brugge, but PSG and Bayern Munich are by far the most intriguing game for viewers. Some might point to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, but the power of the Premier League is a shell of itself and is looking for a new identity, rebuilding itself and trying to make ill-fitting pieces work together. While it would be fun to knock out a Premier League team, PSG are the ones who would mean the most (my own selfish reasons aside).
As for AC Milan, they have players who would be great fun to watch play against Bayern Munich, but the Serie A side just don’t carry the weight of PSG or Liverpool these days.
If you’ve listened to the last weekend warm-up podcast, you already know that I personally want to face Liverpool for several reasons:
- Breaking the stones from BFW Liverpool resident honks Tom Adams.
- Bayern Munich’s media legitimacy would be given for beating a Premier League side (even though it’s been a lackluster season for Liverpool).
That said, my logic (as it is known) might be wrong. If you are looking for pure entertainment, PSG would be the way to go for Bayern Munich. The star power alone in this tie would also increase the fun (and probably the anxiety for some).
If you want more of my thoughts on this topic, check out the weekend warm-up podcast: