Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, champions of their respective leagues, face off in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 match on Tuesday.
PSG is expecting that 2023 will be the year they finally win the Champions League trophy, while the Bavarians are looking to win the title of European Champions for the eighth time.
Christophe Galtier’s team traveled to the principality to play Monaco on Saturday hoping to get back to winning ways after being eliminated from the Coupe de France by Marseille. However, PSG returned to the capital empty-handed after a humiliating 3-1 loss with all four goals coming in the first half.
The French champions will need to take advantage of home advantage if they hope to avoid a second consecutive last-16 exit (they were defeated by eventual winners Real Madrid at this stage last season). Having won 12 and drawn three of their 15 home games this season, they will undoubtedly be confident that they can take a lead to Germany.
The hosts have also triumphed in six of their previous seven Champions League home matches at Parc des Princes, defeating teams like Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Juventus during that time. They have also only lost one of their five home matches against Bayern in the competition, a 1-0 loss in the most recent meeting between the two teams in April 2021.
Bayern breezed through a challenging group that included Barcelona and Inter Milan to advance to the knockout stages without dropping a single point. They now have the opportunity to win their first seven games of a Champions League campaign for the second time, having already accomplished this feat in the 2019–20 season.
The defending champions from Germany often do well at this point of the competition, having advanced past the round of 16 in nine of the previous ten seasons, including their most recent three European campaigns.