Paris Saint-Germain received one of the toughest draws for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 as they’ll face off against Bayern Munich for the third time in four years.
During a segment on RMC Sport’s Rothen s’enflamme French football pundit Mathieu Bodmer reacted to the draw and analyzed the matchup between the two European heavyweights.
“I’m not sure that PSG are favorites,” Bodmer said. “On the other hand, I’m not sure that this is the worst draw. Because Bayern is a team that plays, it’s a team that will give space. “They had eliminated them two years ago; they had already made top matches. We had seen Bayern’s defensive shortcomings open up too much.
And this year, offensively, it’s the Bayern so it’s three or four goals in every game and that’s not changing. But they’re defending with even fewer people than usual. Will it be the same against PSG? They might change their guns a bit, but I’m not convinced because the Germans still have a lot of confidence in them. I’m not sure it’s the worst draw. It’s going to be an open game.”
While some may view Bayern Munich as the favorite considering, the January transfer window can change minds as it will allow sporting advisor Luis Campos to fix a key weakness on the team, the backline.
Over the summer transfer window, Campos had his eyes on Inter Milan defender Milan Škriniar, but failed to meet the asking price that the Serie A side wanted for the Slovakian defender.
If PSG can land him and another central defender to improve the depth at the position, then it may be enough for them to shift who will be the favorite heading into the matchup.