Bayern Munich knock PSG out of the Champions League
To lose to Bayern in both legs, PSG along with Messi have officially been eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16 for the second consecutive year.
With a total score of 3-0, PSG has officially been knocked out of the Champions League this season after losing to Bayern in both legs. Even worse, this is the second year in a row that they have been eliminated in the round of 16.
For Lionel Messi, this is his third time being eliminated in the round of 16 if you include the defeat to PSG in the 2020/21 Champions League when he played for Barcelona. Since the legendary treble-winning season of 2015 under the guidance of Luis Enrique, the Argentine superstar has continuously struggled in European competitions and has never made it to the final.
This is also the third consecutive time that Messi’s team has failed to beat Bayern Munich in European competitions (Barcelona lost 2-8 to Bayern in the 2019/20 season and lost both legs this season). After the match, M10 could only bow his head, holding his face full of disappointment.
When an overzealous fan rushed onto the pitch to approach Messi, he usually stops the security personnel and is willing to hug or take photos with them, but not today. El Pulga had no mind to interact with fans at this time. He went straight to the tunnel.
In this match, Messi played a versatile role, providing three opportunities, completing two successful dribbles, and making one shot on target. However, PSG’s midfield was completely dominated by Bayern, while the opponents’ constant pressing restricted M10’s performance.
Messi’s partner on the attacking line, Mbappe, did not fare any better. He wore the PSG captain’s armband for most of the match, replacing Marquinhos who was injured, but the number 7 did not have much impact as in the previous game.
His trademark speedy dribbling was completely neutralized by compatriot Upamecano. Of course, this defeat clearly showed on Mbappe’s face because the Champions League was his number one goal when he decided to stay at PSG last summer.
Disappointed and saddened, but not a single tear fell on the faces of the PSG players. They suffered a complete defeat against the German representative and perhaps only blamed themselves for individual mistakes leading to a terrible result. Thus, PSG now only has a chance to win the Ligue 1 championship at the end of the season, but it is too much to say that their season has ended here.
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