PSG vs Bayern Munich lineups, starting 11 for Champions League Round of 16 as Messi starts, Mbappe benched

The Champions League Round of 16 draw gifted fans with a matchup of two tournament favorites as defending French champions PSG face off against German title holders Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes.

The Ligue 1 giants play host to their old foes in a Round of 16 first leg tie, with both sides bidding for a place in the quarterfinals in March, and to avoid an embarrassing early exit from the competition.

The hosts boast a squad full of attacking talent, with Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi both recovering from injury. But Messi will start the match, while Mbappe will be available off the bench. Meanwhile Bayern put their faith in the dynamism of Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman, and Jamal Musiala.

Below are the official starting lineups for both teams based as announced in the lead-up to the match.

MORE: Lionel Messi stats for 2022/23 season with PSG and Argentina

PSG vs Bayern Munich lineups

The big pre-match news for PSG is that Kylian Mbappe will not start the match but will be available off the bench after only returning to training on Monday due to a thigh injury. It forced him to miss his side’s 3-1 league defeat to former side AS Monaco last weekend.

Lionel Messi (hamstring) was also left out of that match, but he returned to training on the eve of the match against Bayern and will start the match.

Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann is still without long-term absentees including club captain Manuel Neuer (broken leg), Lucas Hernandez (ACL) and Noussair Mazraoui (heart condition), but he is boosted by Thomas Muller passing a late fitness test and being available off the bench.

Below are the official starting lineups for both teams ahead of their match the Parc des Princes on February 14.

PSG starting 11

PSG starting XI (3-5-2, right to left): 99-Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) — 15-Danilo Pereira, 5-Marquinhos, 4-Sergio Ramos — 2-Achraf Hakimi, 33-Warren Zaire-Emery, 6-Marco Verratti, 28-Carlos Soler, 25-Nuno Mendes — 30-Lionel Messi, 10-Neymar

PSG subs (11): 16-Sergio Rico (GK), 90-Alexandre Letellier (GK), 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 31-El Chadaille Bitshiabu, 14-Juan Bernat, 29-Timothee Pembele, 17-Vitinha, 8-Fabian Ruiz, 44-Hugo Etitike, 35-Ismael Gharbi, 7-Kylian Mbappe.

  • Injured: Renato Sanches, Nordi Mukiele
  • Suspended: None

In addition to the decision to start Lionel Messi and have Kylian Mbappe come off the bench, PSG manager Christophe Galtier is also opting for a 3-5-2 formation with Messi and Neymar at forward.

The three centre-backs feature Sergio Ramos and Danilo Pereira, while Marco Verratti anchor a midfield that includes 16-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery who becomes the youngest player to start a knockout match in the history of the competition.

Bayern Munich starting 11

Bayern Munich starting lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 27-Yann Sommer (GK) — 5-Benjamin Pavard, 2-Dayot Upamecano, 4-Matthijs De Ligt, 22-Joao Cancelo — 8-Leon Goretzka, 6-Joshua Kimmich — 10-Leroy Sane, 42-Jamal Musiala, 11-Kingsley Coman— 13-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

Bayern Munich subs (11): 26-Sven Ulreich (GK), 36-Johannes Schenk (GK), 19-Alphonso Davies, 44-Josip Stanisic, 23-Daley Blind, 38-Ryan Gravenberch, 20-Bouna Sarr, 46-Arijon Ibrahimovic, 7-Serge Gnabry, 39-Mathys Tel, 25-Thomas Muller

  • Injured: Manuel Neuer, Lucas Hernandez, Noussair Mazraoui, Sadio Mane
  • Suspended: None

Yann Sommer will continue to fill in for Neuer in goal, and the versatile Joao Cancelo will line up on the left side in lieu of Alphonso Davies, who’s available off the bench.

Thomas Muller will be available off the bench, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting spearheading the attack for the visitors, backed up by the pace and trickery of Jamal Musiala, Kingsley Coman, and Leroy Sane.

Serge Gnabry, who was a projected starter in the lead-up, will be on the bench as Coman gets a chance to start.

PSG vs Bayern Munich live stream, TV channel

This contest has the potential to deliver one of the finalists in this season’s Champions League with PSG and Bayern among the favourites to go all the way to the final in Istanbul.

PSG’s first appearance in the final came in 2020, when they lost out to Bayern, with the German champions pushing for a third final in the last 10 seasons.

  TV Channel Streaming
Australia  — Stan Sport
Canada  — DAZN
Hong Kong  beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect
India  Sony TEN 2 Sony LIV, JioTV
Malaysia  beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, sooka
New Zealand  —
Singapore  beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+
UK  BT Sport 2, BT Sport Ultimate BT Sport site/app
USA   CBS, Univision, TUDN fuboTV, Paramount+,

Australia: Fans can watch every match of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League with all the action streaming ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport.

Canada: Every Champions League match in Canada can be streamed exclusively on DAZN

UK: The UEFA Champions League is carried by BT Sport’s TV and streaming platforms.

USA: Fans in the USA can watch the Champions League in English (CBS and Paramount+) and Spanish (Univision, TUDN, UniMas, ViX and ViX+).

When matches are televised on CBS or Univision channels, those same channels are streamed on fuboTV, which is available on a free trial for new users.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *