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Joshua Kimmich’s previous Champions League experience will guide him for Bayern Munich vs. PSG duel

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Joshua Kimmich is confident in his squad heading into a massive match against Paris Saint-Germain.

FC Bayern Munich v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Leg One Photo by Sebastian Widmann - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

At some point over the past week, Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich probably looked around and wondered who was going to take the pitch at Parc des Princes with him on Tuesday.

While the squad is still banged up, Kimmich told FCBayern.com that no matter who is on the field, the players need to step up and become leaders.

“It’s down to every individual in our team, not just me. Every player must become a leader in this game; everyone must show their character on the day and carry total belief in themselves,” Kimmich said. “And then we have to strike when the chance is there!”

FC Bayern Munich v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Leg One
Joshua Kimmich will lean on lessons he learned in the past to guide him through Tuesday’s match against PSG.
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When asked if having to travel and play PSG as the away team will be an issue for Bayern Munich, Kimmich indicated that the lack of fans takes away some of that home-field advantage.

“Generally you prefer playing at home because you know everything: the pitch, the stadium, the dressing room – you’re in familiar surroundings. That’s how it will be for PSG in Paris, too,” Kimmich stated. “It’s obviously an advantage for the away teams if there are no fans there – or at least it’s not a disadvantage anymore, like it was when fans were there.”

Kimmich also said he can lean on past experiences to help guide him through this situation — namely Bayern Munich’s unfortunate Champions League semifinal defeat to Real Madrid in 2018.

“I still remember the situation in Madrid well. We also produced a great performance there but weren’t effective enough. I hope we’ve learned from that and have matured to some extent,” said Kimmich. “Again, we were not the worse team over the two games but we didn’t go through. This time, we were the better team in the first leg but lost. Even so, it’s still all to play for — and Paris know that too.”

(Full the full interview, click here)