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Julian Nagelsmann Hails One Player Who Rescued Bayern Munich Against Paris Saint Germain
- Julian Nagelsman says one player saved Bayern Munich from conceding against PSG
- Matthijs de Ligt made a vital intervention inside the first half when the score was 0-0
- The Bavarians went on to score two goals in the second half to knock PSG out again
Bayern Munich manager, Julian Nagelsmann has heaped praise on Matthijs de Ligt after his crucial clearance saved the Bavarians against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday night.
The German giants recorded a 2-0 win over the Parisians at the Allianz Arena thanks to two second-half goals from Cameroonian forward, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and German winger, Serge Gnabry to secure a spot in the last eight.
However, the encounter was hanging in the balance in the first half when de Ligt made a vital intervention, clearing Vitinha's shot on the goal line after goalkeeper, Yann Sommer was caught trying to dribble out of his own area.
In his post-match analysis, Nagelsmann was quick to sing praises of de Ligt for his game-changing intervention.
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"Matthijs just wants to defend. Nine out of 10 defenders would stop running there and say it's over. It was an unbelievable play. [De Ligt] loves to defend and hates to concede goals," Nagelsmann said via @iMiaSanMia.
"Mistakes happen, but thankfully we have a defender who rescued us."
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Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has come under intense backlash following PSG's disappointing exit from the Champions League knockout phase.
Wednesday night's defeat at the hands of Bayern adds to the long list of heartbreaks for the Parisians in Europe's premier competition, GOAL reported.
Having found his rhythm since the World Cup break, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner was expected to inspire PSG to Champions League success.
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But for the second season running, the Argentine genius and his teammates in the French capital would suffer another setback in their quest for glory.
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Sports Brief previously reported on PSG being unable to break the round-of-16 glass ceiling in the Champions League for a second season running.
Their European woes continued after a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich, with goals from Choupo-Moting and Gnabry sealing the deal for the Germans.
The result has emphasised PSG's miseries in Europe, having exited the Champions League in the last-16 stages in five of the last seven seasons.