The Champions League final was played out in Lisbon on Sunday night as first timers PSG took on veterans Bayern Munich. Through the mini tournament both these teams had shown a flair for scoring goals while also being shaky defensively and so many expected this to be a very open game. Tuchel and Flick both selected attacking lineups as everyone was excited for a possible goal fest.
The game began in expected fashion as Bayern pressed the PSG players into submission forcing the French team into their own half. Bayern though kept a very high line and it allowed the likes of Mbappe, Neymar and Di Maria to run in behind on quite a few occasions. If it weren’t for more terrible finishing from the likes of Neymar and Mbappe PSG would have been at least 3 nil up by half time. The first half ended nil nil but out of the two teams PSG would be the ones who would rue their chances.
The 2nd half started with Bayern changing gears as they imposed themselves on PSG and started to string passes together in the final 3rd. Thiago Silva had to make several good blocks and even cleared the ball off the line. The opening goal came in the 59th minute as Kimmich found Coman with a brilliant cross and the Parisian scored the header to give Bayern the lead. Bayern had several chances in the 2nd half but PSG’s defence did well. PSG themselves began to get quite a few chances towards the end of the game but they always lacked that final pass or the clinical finish. The full time whistle blew and Bayern were Champions of Europe for the 6th time.
There were several narratives in this game that depending on the result would chosen from. For many Bayern’s win will signify a win for football as the old and decorated club gained another trophy over a young club built on money. The fact that Coman, a Paris born Frenchman, a boyhood PSG fan, and an ex PSG academy player scored the winning goal will not be ignored by many. At the end of the day PSG failed to convert several of their chances while Bayern were more clinical and showed the experience. The likes of Neymar and Mbappe will probably get another go with PSG in the upcoming season mainly due to Covid and the fact no one can afford them right now.
Bayern can enjoy a well deserved end to the 19/20 season with the last 8 months nothing short of fantastic from the team. Hansi Flick has truly built a very good team and they will want to push on into next season after a short break. For PSG, Ligue 1 has already started so there is no break for them as they begin the 20/21 season very soon.