Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick remains positive about his side’s chances of advancing, despite their first-leg defeat to PSG.
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick said his side were “very unlucky” to lose to Paris Saint-Germain in the opening leg of their quarter-final tie.
PSG left Bavaria with a 3-2 advantage over Bayern thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s memorable brace on Thursday
In a rematch of last season’s Champions League final, Bayern had 31 attempts – 12 of which were on target – to PSG’s six, but they still came up short in the absence of injured star Robert Lewandowski.
Mbappe opened the scoring in the third minute and Marquinhos doubled the lead 25 minutes later, but Bayern rallied from 2-0 down thanks to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller.
However, PSG had the final say after Mbappe restored the visitors’ lead eight minutes later as Bayern had their 19-match unbeaten streak in the Champions League snapped. It was the first time they lost in the competition since March 2019.
“The defeat was very unlucky for us,” Flick said after the game as per the club’s website.
“Paris were very efficient.”
“We were dominating and had 31 shots. But I have to give a compliment to my team for their motivation and their mentality. We were not that efficient when we tried to use our chances.
“But I already told my team – we still have one game in Paris. We will do everything to turn this around into a positive result.
“It’s still our goal to reach the semi-final. The result from today does not change that.”
Muller also echoed Flick’s comments and believes Bayern can still overcome their deficit to progress. “We missed a lot of chances today. We need to score a lot more goals, and if it ends 5-3, 6-3, nobody complains.”
“We shot ourselves in the foot. Now we have to come from behind. If we showed the killer instinct that we often show, everything would look different. We don’t need to discuss the goals we conceded.”
“Today we left far too much to chance. Now our full focus is on the second leg. If we do like we did today, we’ll get as many chances as we did today. If we take advantage of those chances, we’ll make it through to the semi-finals. We’re convinced we can progress.”