PSG vs Bayern: French champions Paris Saint-Germain and German title holders Bayern Munich will face off in a highly-anticipated Round of 16 first leg tie at the Parc des Princes. The two tournament favorites are vying for a place in the quarterfinals in March and hoping to avoid an early exit. PSG’s star-studded attacking lineup is expected to feature Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, both recovering from injury.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich will rely on the dynamic trio of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Jamal Musiala. Below are the projected starting lineups based on the latest news, which will be updated with confirmed lineups once they’re official.
PSG vs Bayern Munich lineups
Kylian Mbappe is set to return to training for PSG before their match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16 after missing their 3-1 league defeat to former team AS Monaco last weekend due to a thigh injury. Lionel Messi, who was also left out of the match against Monaco due to a hamstring injury, returned to training on the eve of the Bayern Munich match and is expected to start.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann is still without long-term absentees such as club captain Manuel Neuer, Lucas Hernandez, and Noussair Mazraoui. However, he is boosted by the news that Thomas Muller has passed a late fitness test.
While both teams have some key absences, the return of Mbappe and Messi will undoubtedly boost PSG’s chances against the German titleholders.
PSG starting 11
PSG starting XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma (GK) — Hakimi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Mendes — Pereira, Verratti — Messi Soler, Neymar — Mbappe
- Injured: Sanches, Mukiele
- Suspended: None
Provided Mbappe is ready to start, PSG’s hotshot trio will lead the attack in front of Verratti, who will be anchoring the midfield.
If Mbappe is kept on the bench to start, the belief is that PSG could resort to a 4-4-2 with Messi and Neymar operating up top.
Spanish veteran Sergio Ramos has featured regularly for PSG since the start of 2023, but Galtier could recall Presnel Kimpembe to add pace to his backline.
Bayern Munich starting 11
Bayern Munich starting XI (4-2-3-1): Sommer (GK) — Cancelo, Upamecano, De Ligt, Davies — Goretzka, Kimmich — Sane, Musiala, Gnabry— Muller
- Injured: Neuer, Hernandez, Mazraoui, Mane
- Suspended: None
Yann Sommer will continue to fill in for Neuer in goal, with the January arrival of Joao Cancelo on loan refreshing the right side of defence, opposite fellow full-back star Alphonso Davies.
Muller should spearhead the attack for the visitors, backed up by the pace and trickery of Musiala, Gnabry and Leroy Sane.
PSG vs Bayern Munich live stream, TV channel
PSG and Bayern, two of the favorites to reach the final in Istanbul, could potentially meet in this game and determine one of the Champions League’s finalists. PSG has already made it to the final once in 2020, only to be defeated by Bayern, who is looking to make it to their third final in the past decade.
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