Paris Saint-Germain will return to UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday with the first leg of its round of 16 tie against Bayern Munich.
There are plenty of storylines for PSG heading into this Champions League clash, including on the health of Lionel Messi. The Argentine forward was sidelined from PSG’s Ligue 1 away fixture against AS Monaco due to a hamstring injury. He did feature in PSG’s collective training session on Monday, and he was also included in its squad list for Tuesday’s fixture.
As noted by UEFA’s official website, PSG manager Christophe Galtier could call on these 11 players to start against the reigning Bundesliga champions.
Donnarumma; Danilo, Marquinhos, Ramos; Hakimi, Verratti, Ruiz, Mendes; Vitinha; Messi, Neymar
Gianluigi Donnarumma was a standout performer in PSG’s away league clash against AS Monaco. While AS Monaco did score three goals in the contest, the Italian goalkeeper managed to keep PSG in the match via the seven total saves that he recorded in the matchup. He sure will need to orchestrate an encore performance against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Messi rose to the occasion for PSG in the Champions League group stage earlier this season, tallying eight goal contributions over five such matches played. If the Argentine forward ends up making PSG’s starting 11 against Bayern Munich, then he must go on and put together the best performance of his PSG career.
Bayern Munich is currently riding a three-match winning streak in all competitions.