Bayern Munich came out second best in a snowy Allianz Arena in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals tie against Paris Saint-Germain, losing 3-2 to the Parisians. It wasn’t for a lack of chances created from Hansi Flick’s men, though, who had a total of 31 shots and 12 on target, which is especially reassuring given they were without Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry. Meanwhile, PSG only tallied six total shots, five of which were on frame.
Unfortunately for the Bavarians, both Leon Goretzka and Niklas Süle picked up injuries in the first half:
Hansi Flick says Leon Goretzka and Niklas Süle were subbed off with muscular injuries [@kerry_hau]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 7, 2021
At this point, there’s no indication of the severity of either injury or, likewise, how long either of the two will be out for — or if they even have to face a spell on the sidelines at all. Hopefully for both players, it’s nothing too serious and they can play a part in the second leg at the Parc de Princes in Paris next week.
As noted in our Observations, midway through the first half, there was a slight bit of confusion between Flick, Jerome Boateng, Alphonso Davies, Goretzka, and Joshua Kimmich.
At about the half hour mark, Kimmich had shouted to Flick to have Goretzka replaced, who had indicated that he had sustained some sort of injury problem just prior to PSG scoring their second goal (Marquinhos, 28’). At the time, Flick had told Boateng to get ready to come on, but had then changed his mind and told Davies to take off his warmups and get ready to come on.
Kimmich was audibly not happy about what seemed to be a bit of indecisiveness from Flick while Goretzka needed to be replaced. He was eventually replaced by Davies in the 32nd minute.
Bayern 0-2 PSG 32’. Hansi Flick tells Jerome Boateng to warm up. Then changes his mind. Tells Alphonso Davies to get ready. Boateng sits back on the bench.— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) April 7, 2021
Kimmich furious. “Sub him out man!” Talking about Goretzka who signalled before PSG’s 2nd goal that he had a problem. pic.twitter.com/4Pu3AiXmGj