In his pre-match press conference, the B04 head coach conceded that his players were staring down the barrel of elimination, but insisted that pride necessitated putting in a good performance at the Parc des Princes. "I'm not going to sit here and say we're going to win 5-0 or 5-1," said Hyypiä "We want to play our own game without fear, and hopefully we'll do better than last time."
'Put up a fight'
Memories of the 4-0 hammering the French champions dealt the Finn's men back at the BayArena three weeks ago are likely to be fresh in many of the Leverkusen players' minds. Despite a spirited display, they were mercilessly dispatched by the Parisians, with the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbing a brace.
Defender Philipp Wollscheid disputes his team-mates fear the Swedish international striker, however, despite his commanding performance in the first leg. "I won't be losing any sleep tonight," said the 25-year-old. "We're looking forward to the challenge. We want to put up a fight for our 2,000 travelling fans."
The defeat against the current Ligue 1 leaders came amidst a succession of bad results - die Werkself had lost to FC Schalke 04 in the league the previous weekend and to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the DFB Cup before that - and at full-time against the French side, Ömer Toprak summarised their performance with the admission "we had no belief".
Trailing by four goals against a club whom many consider to be one of the favourites to win the trophy this year is unlikely to instill much confidence in the players either, but crucially, the psychological approach is different for Leverkusen this time around, and could even be used to their advantage.
Point to prove
This time, Bayer have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain in a match that could prove to be a defining moment in their season. Having halted a run of three straight defeats with a 1-1 draw at Hannover 96 on Matchday 24, a performance displaying fight, passion and character could help put Hyypiä's men back on the right track in the race for Champions League qualification.
"We don't want to just throw the game away. We want to prove we're capable of playing good football," said Hyypiä, who is without the suspended Emir Spahic for Wednesday's match in France after the defender was sent off in Leverkusen three weeks ago. Midfielder Lars Bender is rated as doubtful, while Jens Hegeler will miss the rest of the season after tearing ankle ligaments against Hannover on Saturday.
PSG: Sirigu - van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell - Matuidi, Verratti, Motta - Lavezzi, Moura, Ibrahimovic
Leverkusen: Leno - Donati, Wollscheid, Toprak, Boenisch - Rolfes, Reinartz, Castro - Sam, Son, Kießling