“They’re a difficult team to beat and are one of the best teams in Europe.”

Key to that intensity and focus will be Mane, who has a habit of performing on the European stage, including scoring a go-ahead goal for Liverpool at the Allianz Arena which helped secure Bayern’s elimination.

Mane made the move from Liverpool to Munich in the summer of 2022 having appeared in three of the past five Champions League finals, winning one and scoring in another.

The forward is line for his first start in four months on Wednesday as he continues his return from a leg injury which ruled him out of Senegal’s World Cup campaign.

Mane has made two appearances from the bench in the league since recovering from the injury and despite looking sharp has not yet recaptured his best form.

“It’s normal that he needs a bit more rhythm” said Nagelsmann on Saturday after Mane’s 30-minute cameo from the bench on Saturday.

“We’ll wait and see on Wednesday whether he will start.”

De Ligt focused 

Behind Mane in the centre of defence is de Ligt, the man tasked with shutting down PSG’s strike duo of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

Since moving from Juventus, de Ligt took a little longer than Mane to establish himself in Munich, initially coming off the bench.

France star Lucas Hernandez’s ACL injury in Qatar in November however gave de Ligt an opportunity which he grabbed with both hands.

De Ligt played perhaps his best game for Bayern against Stuttgart on Saturday, clearing a goal off the line before scoring one of his own at the other end of the pitch in a furious two-minute period.

Even with news emerging that Neymar will miss the tie, the Dutch defender said on Saturday Bayern will have their hands full with Paris’ “dangerous” duo of Mbappe and Messi.

“They are two very good strikers. It will be very difficult,” de Ligt told Germany’s SID news agency.

“We have to play a top game and be extra focused.”