Owen Hargreaves about the match between PSG and Bayern Munich
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Owen Hargreaves commented on tonight's duel between PSG and Bayern Munich. Both teams are dangerous and many believe that this is the 'final before the final' Hargreaves does not see a favorite in this match and believes that both teams are of similar quality.
He did not forget to praise the great trio of PSG: Neymar, Mbappe, Messi. "I think they’re both on the same level,” he told BT Sport. “It’s a shame this game is happening in the last 16 because they could both be finalists.
Any team with Neymar, Messi and Mbappe you have to respect.
Argentina won the World Cup and Lionel Scaloni built the whole team around Messi. We’ve never seen a team win the Champions League with three absolute world stars. And that’s the problem PSG have had, they’ve never won the Champions League.
The way Messi won the World Cup almost shows the blueprint, so it’ll be interesting to see how PSG do against Bayern.
You can’t carry three players who won’t work out of possession. Messi and Mbappe don’t really track back full stop. Neymar does a little bit but the others don’t do anything. Against Bayern that can’t be a good recipe”.
Owen Hargreaves on Nagelsmann
Hargreaves believes that there is a lot of pressure on Bayern's coach; Nagelsmann. Last year, the German was eliminated in the round of 16 by Villareal. This time he doesn't want the same thing to happen to him again.
If Bayern suffers the same fate, it is hard to expect Nagelsmann to stay on the bench. “Nagelsmann is a great coach but with the Neuer injury and the goalkeeper coach situation, politically there’s a lot of pressure on him and he needs a big result.
If Bayern have another early knockout like they did against Villarreal last season everyone’s going to be upset.
In a way it’s season defining.
Everyone in Munich realises that Naglesmann is a super coach tactically. The fact of the matter is that it’s all about results. He did well with RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim but the expectations are different at Bayern.
You can lose to PSG and everyone at Bayern understands that.
The biggest problem is going out early two years on the bounce with a young manager. The expectations at Bayern are just different. There’ll be a lot of pressure because they don’t accept mediocrity. The Champions League is the main priority for Bayern - winning the league and the cup isn’t enough”.