'It's down to us!' - Fighter Hernandez ready for heroic deeds
Bayern have already shown a number of times this season that they have incredible mentality and morale. Those outstanding comeback qualities will again be key on Tuesday in the Champions League quarter-final second leg away at Paris Saint-Germain. One person who always pushes his teammates along with his selfless way of playing is Lucas Hernandez.
"We have a great chance and go to Paris with some clear ideas of how to play," the defender said ahead of the clash at the Parc des Princes. "The team is motivated and deserves to be in the semi-finals." After last week's painful first-leg defeat, Hernandez & Co. head to the French capital needing to overturn a 3-2 deficit.
A particularly important element in this comeback endeavour is the balance between attacking play and defensive stability. "We have to keep hold of the ball as much as possible. When we lose it, we need to be alert and apply a lot of pressure because they can counter quickly and are also very good without the ball," Hernandez explained of the approach.
Must be more clinical than in first leg
Another decisive factor on Tuesday will be how clinical the team is in front of goal. Bayern were dominant in terms of chances in the first leg with 31 shots to PSG's six. "We need to be wary, especially in Paris, and above all be ruthless. I think the most important thing in football is taking chances," the FIFA World Cup winner added.
The 25-year-old France international will do all he can to keep the dream of defending Bayern's Champions League crown alive. "I'll give everything to win there and progress. I want that, the whole team wants that. Now it's down to us to continue this adventure."
We also spoke with Joshua Kimmich ahead of the second leg with PSG: