Despite falling to a 1-0 defeat in the second leg, PSG secured its place in this year’s semifinals on away goals (3-3 on aggregate) and showed a maturity perhaps missing in past campaigns.
While the front three of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel Di Maria is undeniably one of the best forward lines in world football, questions have often been asked about the team’s resolve and its willingness to do the dirty work.
Those questions were answered emphatically against Bayern as PSG stood up to everything the reigning European champion threw at them, adding pragmatism to its tricks and flicks.
“Football is such a beautiful game but it’s also a game in which you never give up and you have to fight,” said PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino after the game.
He added: “We were very focused. It was a really tough match. I’m really happy because the players deserve big credit. To win and qualify for the semifinals is an amazing moment for us.”