The Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann was startled by how defensive and “passive” PSG were in Bayern’s 1-0 victory at Paris
The Parisiennes started their last-16 Champions League tie with Bayern without Kylian Mbappe and handed most of the possession to Bayern which surprised Nagelsmann.
PSG’s poor display on home turf
PSG looked toothless against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against the Bavarians. Bayern held much of the possession, leading to Kingsley Coman scoring a decisive goal against his former club early in the second half.
Afterward, Galtier introduced Mbappe but even he wasn’t enough to get a result over the line. This “passive” display surprised Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann who expected a lot more fight from PSG.
“You had the feeling that we were very surprised that we had the ball so much and Paris wanted to do relatively little.“
“We played a really good game in the first 25 minutes, had very good control,” he said. “We can play even more direct towards the goal.
“You had the feeling that we were very surprised that we had the ball so much and Paris wanted to do relatively little.
“I knew they always defend deep, but the fact that they’re so passive and so very deep and not really designed to win the ball surprised me a bit.”
Coman who scored the goal and did so in the same fixture in the final of the 2020 Champions League, had a muted celebration which he explained.
“I was born here in Paris. That’s why I didn’t cheer after my goal,” the winger explained of his muted celebration. “We’re happy that we won.”