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Bayern Munich went on their first Champions League loss under Hansi Flick with 2-3 for Paris Saint-Germain at home on Wednesday night.
The quarterfinals are a replay of last season’s Champions League final.
Flick, who led Bayern to triumph in the Bundesliga, Champions League and Cup last season, stood with 15 wins and one draw in their first 16 Champions League matches after replacing Niko Kovac last season.
Bayern’s successful coach had to watch Kylian Mbappé become the big player of the match. After PSG led 2-0 in the first half, Bayern struck back and equalized, but midway through the second half Mbappé countered the winning goal to 3-2.
With three away goals, Mauricio Pochettino and PSG have secured a brilliant starting point before the return match in Paris in six days.
Uro in Bavaria
Flick has had formidable success in Bayern Munich and the Champions League hope is still alive, but in the German press there are reports of unrest and leaders on a collision course in the German giant club.
Hansi Flick will be dissatisfied with the state of affairs in Bavaria and will consider his future in the German big club, writes Bild.
Coach and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic will be far apart when it comes to the stable and transitions. Jérôme Boateng has been informed by the club that he will not be able to extend his contract, which expires this summer. Bayern also failed to reach an agreement with David Alaba on a new contract, so the Austrian will move on for free this summer.
Last summer, Thiago Alcântara also turned down a new contract, and with one year left, the Spanish midfielder was sold to Liverpool.
Before the PSG match, Salihamidzic refused to comment on Flick’s future.
Bild claims Flick is the first choice of the German Football Association when Joachim Löw will be replaced as Germany’s national team manager after this summer’s European Championships.
In the first Champions League quarter-final, Flick and Bayern got a cold shower even before three minutes had been played. Neymar played up to Kylian Mbappé, who from an angle put in PSG’s leadership goal.
Barely half an hour into the match, Neymar was the waiter again when the Brazilian eased the ball in to compatriot Marquinhos. The PSG captain took the ball down nicely and put in 2-0 behind Manuel Neuer. Marquinhos had to come out with what appeared to be a groin injury shortly after.
With a fine heading, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who plays in the absence of super striker Robert Lewandowski, made it 1-2 before the break. In the second half, the equalizer came by Thomas Müller, but midway through the second half, PSG countered brilliantly and Mbappé scored the 3-2 goal.
While Bayern Munich leads the Bundesliga with seven points down to RB Leipzig, PSG is three points behind league leader Lille in Ligue 1.
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