'We're better': Kimmich insists Bayern can beat PSG
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Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich believes his team will defeat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday and advance to the last four.

“I believe that we will progress, because we’re the better team,” Kimmich told the club’s website.

Bayern must recover from a 3-2 loss in the first leg in Munich last week.

“We were the better team in the first leg, but unfortunately the result didn’t correspond to the performance,” added Kimmich.

“Nevertheless, I’m confident that we can still turn it around in the second leg.”

Despite firing 31 shots at PSG’s goal, 12 of which were on target, Bayern lost the first leg at home to Kylian Mbappe, who netted twice, and Marquinhos, who also scored, despite PSG having just four attempts on goal.

“In the first leg, they threatened three times and scored three times,” said Kimmich.

“Apart from that, I don’t remember Paris having that many chances.

“Overall, our attack had more possession and more chances. Now we have to take these chances.”

Bayern Munich are without leading scorer Robert Lewandowski, who is hospitalized, and winger Serge Gnabry, who tested positive for Covid-19.

Bayern boss Hansi Flick, on the other hand, claims that Leon Goretzka, Lucas Hernandez, Jerome Boateng, and Kingsley Coman have recovered from their injuries and should be fit to play.

“We have to do our job, force them to make mistakes,” Flick told a press conference on Monday. “It’s a tough task, but we want to create a little surprise.”

Kimmich continued:  “A lot will come down to mentality, but also efficiency.

“We already showed a good mentality in the first game but we weren’t efficient enough. This time we need both.

“It’s down to every individual in our team, not just me. Every player must become a leader in this game.

“Everyone must show their character on the day and have total belief in themselves.

“And then we have to strike when the chance comes.”

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To advance, Bayern must win by two goals or score three times and win by one, but forward Thomas Mueller said the German champions will not take any chances.

“Despite our attack-minded philosophy, we’ll avoid playing with five strikers and one midfielder,” Mueller told reporters Monday.

“We want to push for our first goal very quickly, but not use the crowbar from the start.”

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Mbappe should not be allowed to attack the space behind Bayern’s defense, according to Mueller.

“Mbappe in particular is very dangerous. The way we play creates space, so it is important that he cannot be left to run on his own in space,” added Mueller.

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