Bayern eye sweet revenge

Germans look to avenge Paris loss; Atletico on brink

Bayern eye sweet revenge

Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich says Bayern Munich are out to avenge their Champions League thrashing at the hands of the Paris Saint-Germain when the teams clash again in Bavaria on Tuesday.

Bayern crashed to a 3-0 defeat in Paris at the end of September, when Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all scored at the Parc de Princes.

The defeat led to the Germans firing Carlo Ancelotti and rehired Jupp Heynckes as head coach.

Since then, Bayern have won ten of their 11 games.

With both teams through to the last 16, Bayern need to beat PSG by four goals at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday to wrest top spot in the group, but the Germans have a score to settle regardless of the result.

"Of course we want revenge, it will be difficult to win the group, but it's about prestige and we want to show the first leg was just a slip up," Ulreich told magazine Kicker.

Bayern's hopes received a boost on Saturday as PSG suffered their first French league defeat this season, crashing 2-1 at Racing Strasbourg, while the Germans beat Hanover 96 3-1 in Munich.

"We are realistic: it's not about winning the group, it's about prestige," said Heynckes in Monday's press conference.

"We want to make the first-leg performance a thing of the past.

"We want to show not only that Bayern has a big history, but that we are at the same level with a team which has invested 500 million euros in the last year.

"I am very confident that I will be able to give the supporters a pleasant evening."

Ancelotti dropped senior stars Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his starting line-up in Paris and Bayern are still smarting from the heavy away defeat.

Winger Kingsley Coman says Bayern have something to prove to themselves and the rest of Europe against his former club.

Ulreich is tipping Bayern to win 2-0 at home and says the current squad can go far in the knock-out stages.

Atletico need a win

As a red-hot Antoine Griezmann hopes to keep  Atletico  Madrid's faint Champions League hopes alive at Stamford Bridge, the stage is also set for the Frenchman to showcase his talents to a host of Premier League suitors.

Atletico  need to beat Chelsea in London on Tuesday and hope Roma don't beat Champions League debutants Qarabag in the Italian capital if they are to make the last 16 for a fifth consecutive season.

The financial blow an early exit would bring to  Atletico, who moved into the new 310 million euro ($369 million) Wanda Metropolitano stadium earlier this season, could precipitate Griezmann's departure from the Spanish capital.

But for his loyalty to  Atletico  and in particular coach Diego Simeone, Griezmann could have already been out the door last summer.

A number of sides, led by Manchester United, seemed willing to meet his 100 million euro buyout clause, but when  Atletico's appeal against a transfer ban was rejected in June Griezmann agreed to stay on.

Griezmann admitted at the time it would have been "dirty" to walk out on  Atletico  when they couldn't replace him since it is they who propelled him into the European football elite after signing him from Real Sociedad in 2014.

That loyalty hasn't been wholly rewarded however, with many  Atletico  fans unhappy at Griezmann's frequent flirting with other sides, including La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, often via the French press.

Fixtures: Group A:  Benfica vs Basel;  Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow.

Group B: Celtic vs Anderlecht;  Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain.

Group C:  Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid; AS Roma vs Qarabag

Group D:  Barcelona vs Sporting Lisbon;  Olympiakos vs Juventus

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