Stats, stakes, news: Everything you need to know before Paris - Bayern!
This Wednesday evening, our Parisians will play host to Bayern Munich in the second leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinal tie. Here's everything you need to know about the match!
These are two heavyweights of women's soccer who will once again do battle, this time in the Parisians' arena. There is a strange symmetry between the German and French teams, both of whom have often been pipped to the post by an arch-rival. The Bavarians had to make do with second place in the league four seasons in a row before finally dethroning Wolfsburg last season.
The same pattern is true for our Rouge et Bleu, who managed to snatch the D1 Arkema title at the end of last season, thus bringing down the hegemony of Olympique Lyonnais and three consecutive years as runners-up. This season, it is thus two teams who were crowned champions in their country - driven by a thirst for revenge - who will face each other!
AN ENCOURAGING FIRST LEG
In the first leg, the Paris Saint-Germain players expected to struggle in the Allianz Arena against a Bayern team unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions. But they managed to win 2-1 with thanks to a clinical double from Marie-Antoinette Katoto. Klara Bühl's free-kick at the end of the game allowed Bayern to score the first goal conceded by Paris in Europe this season. But beware, our Parisians still have a lot to play for...
Last season, they reached the semi-finals without trembling against Olympique Lyonnais, who had won the five previous editions of the competition. An undeniable experience for our French champions, who reached the last four of the Champions League for the fifth time in their history.
STATS FAVOUR THE PARISIANS!
In terms of statistics, our Parisians have done a great job since the beginning of this European campaign. Indeed, Didier Olé-Nicolle's players have won 7 times in 7 matches and boast both the best defence in the competition (only 1 goal conceded and six clean sheets kept), and the best attack (27 goals)!
The Germans, on the other hand, have suffered two defeats and a draw to reach the same stage of the competition...
KATOTO'S KILLER INSTINCT
When talking about stats, it's hard not to make a detour to Marie-Antoinette Katoto! She recently became the club's all-time leading scorer (139 goals) and is on fire, having scored four goals in two games this week. She was also the one who scored twice in Munich in the first game to put her side in the driver's seat of the tie.
With this second double of the season in the Champions League - after the one against Real Madrid - the French international is cementing her status as one of the best in her position on the continental scene, having bagged five goals in four European matches this season.
PARC DES PRINCES: SYNONYMOUS WITH SUCCESS
Paris Saint-Germain Women playing at the Parc des Princes is not a first! Indeed, our players have already played eight games there, the most recent one being on 9 November, when they clocked a 4-0 win against Real Madrid.
And this won't be the first time the two sides have met at the Parc des Princes, the two teams having clashed at the Parc five years ago at this same stage of the competition. A good memory for the capital club, who won 4-0 after a 1-0 defeat in the first game!
Note that this Wednesday, more than 25,000 tickets have been sold to Paris Saint-Germain fans! Which should make this quarterfinal an historic moment because until now, the record attendance for a women's game dated back to 2017, against FC Barcelona. At that time, 19,012 spectators attended Paris's excellent 2-0 over the Catalans.
Indeed, Paulina Dudek spoke to PSGTV about this special match: "We've been feeling the excitement for a while, it's reverberating through the women's team. We will of course give everything to put the biggest possible smiles on our fans' faces. We know that we will also need them, this twelfth man as we say, all the supporters, the ultras who spur us on us in the most complicated moments, because there are always such moments in a match. And then also to push us to outdo ourselves when we're on top. I hope that we have some great moments with them."
SEE YOU AT THE PRE-MATCH!
A match at the Parc des Princes means a new device! Just as is the case for the men's team, the PSGTV team will bring you the pre-match live, from 19:30, at the edge of the pitch. Former Paris Saint-Germain players and special guests will be there to analyse all the latest information about the match.
To watch the show, go to any of the club's official platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch). Allez les filles !
AND WHAT THEN?
If the Parisians get the win, their future opponents are already known. Indeed, it will be the winners of the match between Juventus and Olympique Lyonnais. As a reminder, here are the all the first-leg results:
Bayern Munich - Paris Saint-Germain: 1-2
Real Madrid - FC Barcelona: 1-3
Juventus Turin - Olympique Lyonnais: 2-1
Arsenal - Wolfsburg: 1-1