The noble ensemble from Paris Saint-Germain goes into the Champions League duel with FC Bayern with a bankruptcy in the back: Without the superstars Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé, the leaders of Ligue 1 loses the top game against Alexander Nübel's AS Monaco.
Paris Saint-Germain failed the dress rehearsal for the Champions League game against FC Bayern Munich. Without Argentina's world champion captain Lionel Messi and star striker Kylian Mbappé, the French champions in Ligue 1 lost the top game at AS Monaco 1: 3 (1: 3). Only 16-year-old midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery scored for the star ensemble in the 39th minute to make it 1-2. Goals from Monegasque Alexander Golowin (4') and Wissam Ben Yedder (18'/45') sealed PSG's third loss of the season.
The team of Monaco's trainer Philippe Clement reduced the gap to the leaders from Paris to seven points with the victory. While the Monegasques were allowed to cheer for the German goalkeeper Alexander Nübel, the PSG stars received a lot of malice in addition to the bankruptcy: “Three days before the game against Bayern, PSG is an ailing team that has no ideas and at Neymar, the left on his own due to the injury-related absences of Mbappé and Messi, no longer knows how to carry the team on his shoulders," wrote the Spanish newspaper "Marca". "The best player in PSG's Monaco defeat was Donnarumma, to be honest." The Italian goalkeeper had actually prevented an even greater defeat with strong saves. Top star Kylian Mbappé will miss PSG in the coming weeks with a hamstring injury, while Messi is expected to return to training on Monday after suffering a recent cup injury.
It was only on Wednesday that the Parisian noble ensemble around world champion Messi was eliminated from the cup at Olympique Marseille. "We missed a lot, now it's better to shut up," said captain Marquinhos on TV station "Bein Sports" after the cup defeat. "We know that we have to improve a lot if we want to achieve something this season," said the Brazilian, referring to the big tasks facing the Parisians, who are supported by Qatari oil millions and who are so desperately chasing the Champions League title. "A title that's gone hurts."
PSG welcomes Bayern Munich to the round of 16 first leg in the Champions League on Tuesday (9 p.m. / Amazon Prime Video and in the live ticker on ntv.de). The German record champions did not shine in their own dress rehearsal against VfL Bochum, against the Bundesliga 15. but still won clearly 3:0.