Paris Saint-Germain enters their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich on a two-game losing streak. The capital club crashed out in the Coupe de France, losing last week to Olympique de Marseille and then picking up a loss to AS Monaco on Saturday.
After PSG fell to Monaco, former France international Thierry Henry spoke about what has gone wrong for the Ligue 1 side during this two-game stretch. For Henry, it’s something that the players on the squad can control rather than the tactical or quality of the team.
“I’m a little shaken. It is not the PSG that we would like to see,” Henry said on Prime Video Saturday (h/t Canal Supporters). “It’s kind of the same game as last year. If the desire isn’t there, if you don’t want to fight on the outside, it becomes difficult …
“It’s just a matter of desire. How can you get stabbed in the axle like that? It’s just not normal. Individualities allow you to win a match, while structure allows you not to lose them. The certainties. And right now, there are no certainties.”
🗣️Thierry Henry : « Au niveau de l’envie, c’était pas ça ! »
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The capital hopes it can turn its desire or fire on when facing the German giants on Tuesday at the Parce des Princes. PSG has also been without Kylian Mbappe for both contests as the 24-year-old suffered a left-thigh injury on Feb. 1 against Montpellier.
Lionel Messi was also out for the Monaco matchup on Saturday as the 35-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in the loss to Marseille. Nonetheless, having both players in their squad at full health might help PSG’s situation going forward.