Paris St-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe reckons they have the edge with star Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski ruled out of tonight’s Champions League clash.
Tonight’s quarterfinal first leg tie at the Allianz Arena has been hyped up since the draw as last season’s finalists were pitted against one another.
But with last term’s top goalscorer out with a knee injury picked up on international duty with Poland, Mbappe believes PSG can take advantage of their conquerors in last August’s 1-0 defeat.
The France star tells Telefoot: “This is good news for us, even if I don’t like to be happy about other people’s injuries.
“It’s a great team, there are only great teams in the Champions League even if Bayern are among the favourites.
“We are going to go there, we do not have to be ashamed, we will play with our qualities and we will see how far it will take us.”
Should Mbappe and span, who are missing Italian duo Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi due to Covid-19, beat the Germans, it would be their first defeat in 20 games in the competition.
But Bayern boss Hansi Flick has more-than-capable stars to fill in for Lewandowski, with the likes of Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, final hero Kingsley Coman and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting – who was a sub for PSG in Lisbon – all options to lead his attack.
After deputising for Lewandowski in Saturday’s 1-0 Bundesliga win over Leipzig, Choupo-Moting is psyched to face his ex-teammates.
The Cameroon international says: “The anticipation is massive.
“The lads know they have a tough job but we also know it will be very difficult. The whole world of football is looking forward to this game.”