Hot European night … Bayern to return and Chelsea to regain glory


Paris Saint-Germain ended the long run of Bayern Munich in which they were unbeaten by a European in an exciting match in the first leg last week, and the Parisian team will look to complete the task tonight when it receives the reigning champions for the last edition of the tournament (22:00 Beirut time).French star Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring for Paris Saint-Germain in the third minute of the first leg, before Marquinhos doubled the lead in the 28th minute. Bayern Munich waited until the 36th minute to close the difference through its striker Chubu Moting, before Thomas Muller adjusted the score in the 60th minute. With eight minutes, Mbappe hit the decisive blow to secure a precious victory on the Bavarian soil.
The bitter loss affected Bayern Munich’s domestic course, as they scored a disappointing tie in the German Bundesliga over the weekend.
Union Berlin added to the troubles of Bayern Munich, the defending champion and leader, by forcing him to draw in the twenty-eighth stage of the German football league, so that the Bavarian giants “shaky” preparation for his continental test in Paris during the second leg.
Bayern participated in the meeting amid increasing talk about the tense relationship between its coach Hanzi Flick and its Bosnian sports director, Hasan Salimidzic, against the backdrop of the club’s transfer policy and the lack of commitment of the first to continue the journey in his duties after next summer, with the increase in news about his approach to training the German national team, forcing Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, to go out publicly to express his dissatisfaction with the internal tension in the Bavarian club, calling for uniting ranks and focusing on the end of the season.
On the other hand, Paris Saint-Germain is preparing in the best possible way to host Bayern Munich, by defeating its host Strasbourg (4-1) last Saturday in the 32nd stage of the French Football League. With this result, the Parisian club finished second behind leaders Lille with 3 points and reignited the title fight.
By winning the first leg, Paris Saint-Germain became the first team to defeat Bayern Munich under Hanzi Flick in the Champions League after 17 matches unbeaten. Nevertheless, Bayern remain the strongest and defending German team, and all possibilities remain.

Chelsea X Porto
In another match, Porto will visit Chelsea (tonight at 22:00 Beirut time), and coach Sergio Conceicao’s men will try to compensate for the disappointment to go despite the difficulty of the matter.
With the start of the season, Chelsea were not among the favorites to reach the advanced stages in the Champions League, despite the important deals concluded by the club’s management, Chelsea fell in many tests, accompanied by former coach Frank Lampard. After that, things changed and the team became balanced in all respects, with the arrival of German coach Thomas Tuchel (former Paris Saint-Germain coach). The team is now competing for a qualifying seat in the Champions League through the local portal “Premier League”, and has also achieved an important victory outside its stadium against FC Porto with two clean goals in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, which enhances its chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Mason Mount scored the two goals in the 32nd minute, and between Chilwell in the 86th minute. The attempts of Porto, who achieved a great surprise and eliminated Juventus from the championship in the last round, failed to remedy the situation despite wasting many opportunities. Thus, Porto failed to win in the last 7 meetings against the English teams, scoring 16 goals and only two goals, and his last victory dates back to 2016 when he won against Leicester City (5-0).
For his part, Chelsea’s streak extended to 9 games without any defeat in the Champions League this season, where he won 7 and drew two games, and if he did not lose in tonight’s match, Chelsea will become the first team to reach ten matches without any defeat in the Champions League since Liverpool In the 2017-2018 season (11 games).
Chelsea enter the meeting ecstatic with a big and convincing victory over Crystal Palace in the domestic league, 4-1. Qualifying for the semi-finals at the expense of Porto will give the team more incentive to continue its escalating trend with new coach Thomas Tuchel, while awaiting summer consolidation.

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