Did Bayern Munich have an ‘anti-Kylian Mbappe plan’? Kingsley Coman reveals how Lionel Messi & Co were contained in the Champions League

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Kingsley Coman insists that Bayern Munich did not draw up an “anti-Kylian Mbappe plan” to help them past Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
  • German giants met French heavyweights
  • Bundesliga champions into quarter-finals
  • Superstar forwards made little impact

WHAT HAPPENED? The Bundesliga title holders locked horns with the kings of French football in a heavyweight European last-16 encounter. Bayern progressed to the quarter-finals relatively comfortably in the end, as they secured a 3-0 aggregate win, with the obvious threat posed by the likes of Mbappe and Lionel Messi contained with minimum fuss.

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WHAT THEY SAID: Coman told Telefoot when asked if specific tactical systems had been drawn up for PSG’s collection of World Cup-winning forwards: “There was no big anti- Mbappe plan. The most important thing was to cut his relationship with Lionel Messi. Usually, we are also a team that presses very high. But there, we also went back down to leave it a little less deep.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Coman netted the only goal of the game against his former employers as Bayern secured a narrow 1-0 lead over PSG at Parc des Princes, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Serge Gnabry going on to finish the job at the Allianz Arena.

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WHAT NEXT? Mbappe and Messi will have to wait at least 12 months before getting another shot at Champions League glory, while Bayern are set to discover their quarter-final opponents when the draw for the last eight is made on Friday.

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