Paris Saint-Germain has 90 minutes left to turn around the 1-0 aggregate score deficit against Bayern Munich in the second leg on March 8 at the Allianz Arena.
After the capital club failed to score in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 contest, PSG will need to find the back of the net at least twice to advance to the quarterfinals.
Despite the need for goals, BT Sport’s Joe Cole believes that Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr. aren’t the key to the French giants overcoming their current predicament. Instead, Cole picked Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma as the keys to PSG’s hopes of overcoming Bayern Munich in the second leg.
“[In] the last 20 minutes, they put the gear, the burners on. Mbappe came on and they made two or three chances, and they could have won the game, let alone drew the game because they had moments,” Cole said.
“I think, crucial, the difference with his PSG team, which is why I think they got a glimmer of hope. Two reasons Sergio Ramos is back playing to the top of his game, and Donnarumma. I think they’ve got an outstanding keeper, and them two will have to be outstanding in the second leg.”
Messi? Neymar? Mbappe?
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The Ligue 1 side has three matches leading into the return fixture against the German giants, where PSG will be heavily tested domestically. PSG face Lille OSC on Sunday, Olympique de Marseille on Feb. 26 and FC Nantes on March 4. If PSG can build positive momentum, perhaps they might have a shot at a comeback.