Last time out, Bayern beat PSV 4-1 with Joshua Kimmich scoring again and Arjen Robben adding a brave header in the face of a charging Jeroen Zoet, who attempted to punch the ball away. They need a repeat performance to keep pace with Atleti and give them a chance to win the group on goal difference by also beating the Madrid side in their rematch. The aforementioned Zoet hasn't played for PSV since that match and is struggling with a thigh injury - not ideal ahead of a rematch against the Bundesliga's highest scoring squad. In the meantime, PSV have had two straight wins in the Eredivisie to move into third. Barring wins over both Bayern and Atleti, their progression looks unlikely as they have collected only a point so far.
As the current Eredivisie champions, PSV qualified directly into the group stage. Their Champions League campaign last year included wins over each of their group opponents - Manchester United, Wolfsburg, and CSKA Moscow - before losing to Atletico Madrid on penalties after holding them scoreless for 210 minutes. Again, they’ll boast an impressive spine in Mexican internationals Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno, and Dutchmen at either end with Jeroen Zoet in goal and Luuk de Jong up top. With Bayern and Atletico Madrid in their group, they’ll need heroics to get out of their group for the second year running.
Bayern last won the Champions League in 2013 and have since watched the trophy stay in Spain for three straight years, despite Pep leading them to four straight Bundesliga titles and the German national team atop international football. New manager Carlo Ancelotti’s charge is clear - get the Champions League trophy back to Munich. They’re bolstered by the additions of former Dortmund captain Mats Hummels and the Euros’ breakout young star, Renato Sanches. After losing in the semi-finals last year on away goals to Atletico Madrid, the German giants will be motivated to get back on top.
Scored 58 goals in 88 appearances in his first two seasons with PSV.
A star for the Mexican national team, Guardado has played in three World Cups and two Copa América.
Equal parts bruiser and magician, Vidal won Serie A in each of his four seasons at Juventus.
Scored 42 goals in all competitions last season and began the new Bundesliga season with a hat trick.