Jerome Boateng is optimistic Bayern Munich can beat PSG in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Jerome Boateng is optimistic Bayern Munich can beat PSG in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
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Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng optimistic for UEFA Champions League clash with "fragile" PSG

Jerome Boateng believes he has seen chinks in Paris Saint-Germain's armour ahead of Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League group stage finale with the up-and-coming French outfit.

Following their 3-0 loss in Paris in September, Bayern have to win by four goals at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday to pip PSG to top spot in Group B.

Bayern are certainly a more imposing proposition now than they were two months ago after Jupp Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as first-team boss, and Boateng told L'Equipe the record Bundesliga champions can inflict a first defeat of the competition on PSG.

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Question: How are Bayern going to approach the game in order to finish ahead of PSG?

Boateng: It's not our objective to finish top of the group. It's rather to win this last game in front of our own fans against one of the best teams in Europe.

Question: But if Bayern were able to inflict a big defeat on PSG and finish top of the group, wouldn't it send a strong message to the rest of Europe?

Boateng: Regardless of the score, a win would already be a signal, especially as PSG have been so impressive and we still have quite a few players injured. In Paris, with the exception of Thiago Motta, no-one's in the treatment room. It wouldn't be a drama to finish second, especially as we're no longer the favourites in this group. If ever we manage to do it, it would be a small miracle.

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Question: What do you think of PSG?

Boateng: They have a squad full of quality. They're also a club that has become very consistent. At the Parc, I felt that it's the whole club that is coming up with the real support of the fans and a great stadium. In terms of potential, they're right up there at the top with Manchester City right now. But spending enormous sums of money in the transfer market doesn't necessarily mean that you'll go all the way in the competition.

Question: All the same, do you consider Paris one of the favourites for this competition?

Boateng: With City, Real Madrid and Barcelona, they're one of the main contenders. Today, a lot of people see a Paris-Manchester City final, but things can change in six months. Right now, with all our injured players, we're not among the favourites, but when we have a full squad, we'll have the potential to go all the way.

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