Despite an impressive 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in leg two of the Champions League quarterfinals, Bayern Munich fell short, losing 3-3 on away goals on aggregate, having lost the first leg 3-2 at the Allianz Arena.
Even without both Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry in the firing line, Bayern performed quite well, tallying a total of 45 shots between both legs. It’s hard to argue that Bayern wasn’t the better team in both legs, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men ultimately went through for making the most of the few chances they had in the first leg with two goals from Kylian Mbappe and one from Marquinhos.
Speaking after the match, Hansi Flick expressed his delight with the way his team fought in both legs (Tz). Given the amount of injuries to the squad, Flick felt that his side left everything out there for what it was worth. “Both games, I think if you add them up, we were better. I have to compliment my team. They were very concentrated and we tried everything. Unfortunately, we have bad luck with personnel at the moment because important players are missing. We have to accept that and congratulate Paris as a fair loser for advancing,” he explained.
Flick reflected back to the first leg, where Bayern out-shot PSG by 31-6. Of Bayern’s 31 shots, only 12 were on target to PSG’s 5. Ultimately, Bayern was made to rue not making the most of the chances they created, while PSG did so to great effect on the counter attack. “In the first leg in Munich, we simply didn’t score enough goals with the many chances we had. We were the better team in both games. We were unlucky not to have important players. The team tried everything, but wasn’t quite as determined. We have to accept that now,” Flick said.
Overall, Flick said that it came down to the lack of the final product in front of goal across both legs, but doesn’t want to dwell on any of the negatives. “We were not quite as determined and in front of goal lacked the final punch. We have to accept the way it came,” he concluded.
All things considered, Bayern has played a lot of matches in a short period of time, they currently have a long injury list, and there’s been constant speculation in recent weeks about Flick’s connections to the German national team job to replace Joachim Low after this summer. It felt and seemed like everything was working against them in the buildup to the two matches against PSG, but they certainly won’t be looking for excuses as they look to get back to business in the Bundesliga this weekend vs. VfL Wolfsburg.