With only two more days to go until Bayern Munich face Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, the French champions have suffered yet another setback. Italian right-back Alessandro Florenzi has tested positive for Covid-19, meaning that he will be unable to feature in the match against Bayern.
With Robert Lewandowski ruled out on the Bayern side and Marco Verratti already ruled out for the Parisians, this quarterfinal tie is starting to look like it will go out with more of a whimper than a bang. Here’s the official confirmation of Florenzi’s diagnosis:
Suite au dernier test PCR Sars-Cov2, Alessandro Florenzi est confirmé positif.— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) April 5, 2021
Il va donc respecter l’isolement et est soumis au protocole sanitaire approprié. Pour rappel, le joueur était à l’isolement depuis quelques jours par précaution.
Following the last Sars-Cov2 PCR test, Alessandro Florenzi is confirmed positive.
He will therefore respect isolation and is subject to the appropriate health protocol. As a reminder, the player had been in isolation for a few days as a precaution.
It’s good to read that the player was already in isolation, because the chance that he could have infected other members of the squad is pretty slim. You don’t want the tie to get called off due to an outbreak of the virus — that would derail both teams’ UCL campaigns.
For Mauricio Pocchetino, losing his first choice right-back in Florenzi will be a big blow, especially given how much Bayern Munich like to play down the wings. From a Bayern perspective, the absence only barely serves to even the odds, given that the Bavarians will be without Lewandowski while PSG’s entire South American contingent come into the game fresh and well-rested.
Of course, tactical considerations aside, it’s always a shame when a player is ruled out for a big game like this due to illness. We wish Florenzi a swift recovery, and hope neither team suffers any more setbacks before the tie kicks off.