Flick upbeat despite defeat

08 April 2021 19:29:12 GMTPlus10

Hansi Flick remains convinced his Bayern Munich side can still reach the Champions League semi-finals despite losing 3-2 against Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their quarter-final at the Allianz Arena.

The teams served up a Champions League classic in a repeat of last season's final with PSG eventually coming out on top with Kylian Mbappe scoring twice, while Marquinhos had at one stage put the French outfit 2-0 up inside the opening 30 minutes.

Former PSG man Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller pulled Bayern level before Mbappe restored the visitors' advantage as the Munich men were made to pay for wayward finishing in a wide-open game of many opportunities.

Muller admitted Bayern "shot themselves in the foot" as they dominated most of the statistics apart from the one which matters most.

Bayern had 31 shots to Paris's six and won the shots on target count 12-5. They also had 64 per cent possession and forced 15 corners to PSG's one, but Flick's side missed the presence of leading scorer Robert Lewandowski, who remains sidelined with a knee injury picked up on international duty for Poland.

Lewandowski will also have to sit out the second leg, but Flick believes it is still possible for the holders to overcome the deficit.

"We still have a game in Paris and we will do everything to turn that into a positive result," Flick told Bayern Munich's official website. "We want to get to the semi-finals, and the result doesn't change that.

"The way we played was impressive. Unfortunately, we were not clinical and efficient enough in front of goal."

Bayern are 2.10 to win the second leg in Paris on Tuesday with the hosts at 2.87 and the draw is 4.33.

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