Bayern Munich forced PSG to an early exit in the Last-16 Round of the UEFA Champions League while Tottenham’s 0-0 draw with AC Milan means the Italian champions win 1-0 on aggregate. The early exit means a 15-year trophy drought continues for Tottenham.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Serge Gnabry scored in the second leg at the Allianz Arena for Bayern to proceed to the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Champions League with an aggregate of 3-0.
Christophe Galtier’s side PSG have failed to progress beyond the last-16 for the fifth time in five of their previous seven campaigns.
The score line would have been crazy with VAR ruling out Choupo-Moting’s header and offside for Sadio Mane’s stoppage-time effort.
Six-time European champions Bayern tamed Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi with both stars not scoring in both legs. However, the German Goalkeeper Yann Sommer and defender Matthijs de Ligt gave outstanding performances and deserved the clean sheet.
Julian Nagelsmann brought in Gnabry, Mane, Joao Cancelo, and Leroy Sane as substitutes, bringing off Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala, who was outstanding for the German side.
Cancelo who is on loan at Bayern from Manchester City provided an assist for Gnabry, upon being introduced as a substitute.
The Quarter-finals draw is scheduled to be on 17 March in Nyon, Switzerland.
Tottenham out of Champions League as 15-year trophy drought continues
Tottenham are out of the Champions League after a 1-0 loss on aggregate against AC Milan and a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the last-16 tie at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The one–goal deficit from the first leg saw Tottenham out with Cristian Romero sent off for a second yellow card late on as the visitors advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals extending Tottenham’s 15-year trophy drought.
Tottenham Hotspur have failed to win any of their last five UEFA Champions League knockout matches (D1 L4) since a 3-2 win over Ajax in May 2019.
Milan have reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2011-12 when they knocked out Arsenal in the last 16.
Conte’s contract is set to expire in 12 games’ time and the Italian tactician has a top-four finish to keep hopes high of retaining his job and playing in the Champions League next season.
Former Tottenham defender Danny Rose on Sky Sports:
“Over the two legs, it was well deserved for AC Milan. The Italian side played in third gear tonight; they didn’t need to go any higher than that.
“Spurs just weren’t good enough. They had just two shots on target in the 90 minutes and it’s just not good enough. There was a lack of energy and a lack of ideas. It was so flat and dull.
“Pre-World Cup I was excited and intrigued to see where they might finish, but since the World Cup, with the way they’ve played, this isn’t really a surprising result.
“What is being served up week in, week out at the football club is not good at all.
“People talk about Spurs having the best stadium. You can have the best house but if the furniture is not the best inside, it’s irrelevant. Everybody has got to be held accountable.
“Daniel Levy has said about the signings not being great and that is bizarre because I’m sure I said something like that six years ago and got fined two week’s wages.
“Everybody needs to take some blame and it will be interesting to see where they go from here until the end of the season.”
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