UEFA Champions League 2020-21: PSG ousts Bayern Munich in quarters, Chelsea pips to semis
The second leg of the UEFA Champions League 2020-21 quarterfinals is being held this week. Bayern Munich was the defending champion before being knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain in the same round. Meanwhile, Chelsea has also managed to survive so far.
The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League witnessed the second leg of its quarterfinal matches. Four teams were involved in the two clashes on Tuesday.
In the biggest match of the day, defending champion, Bayern Munich took on runner-up from last season, Paris Saint-Germain, in Paris. Already trailing 2-3, Munich faced an uphill task in the French capital.
Although a goal from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 40th minute gave the visitor a hop, with the scores levelled at 3-3, PSG held its nerve to keep the scoreline the same. In the end, it was the host that managed to go through the semis on the away goal basis.
“I am very happy, despite the defeat. We came up against a great team. We are also a great team and we showed it tonight. We have eliminated the champions of Europe. The objectives have been respected, now we are in the semi-final and we have to work even more, improve and hope to have a good semi-final,” said PSG’s Brazilian striker Neymar to RMC Sport.
Neymar also indicated that he would be signing a new deal with the French champion. “This is no longer an issue. Obviously, I feel very comfortable and at home here at PSG. I feel happier than I was before,” he told ESPN Brazil.
In the other game of the night, Chelsea managed to edge past FC Porto at Stamford Bridge. Although The Blues lost the game 0-1, its 2-0 win in the opening leg allowed it to qualify on a 2-1 aggregate.
“It was a pleasure to watch them fight and be on the sideline with them to see them through. We accepted what was needed was a tough, tough fight. Maybe on the television, it was not so nice to watch but, on the sidelines, it was a very intense game, a very fast game,” acclaimed Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after the game to BT Sport.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Mason Mount hailed Tuchel’s impact at the club. “He has had a big impact. It’s difficult to come in midway through the season, but he has had a big impact on the players. We have known from day one what he has wanted and implemented it in the games. We are working hard in training and it is showing. We are looking solid as a team. We have been performing at a high level. We need to continue that,” he reckoned, reported BT.