On Sunday evening at the imposing Stadium of Light in Lisbon, Portugal, the two form teams in European Football, both of whom completed a clean sweep of domestic trophies in their native countries, will battle it out in the final game of the elongated 2019-20 football season. The Champions League Final is now here, and Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich will contest what should be a cracking game.
As well as domestic honours, both teams come into the match on the back of some outstanding form, with PSG suffering just one loss in 31 games, while Bayern have won 28 of their last 29, drawing the other and scoring an incredible 97 goals across those games. One thing is sure, with so much attacking talent on the field, Sunday’s final could be one of the most exciting and goal-packed we have had for many years.
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So with so many great deals up for grabs, let’s now take a look at the two teams set to battle it out in this year’s Champions League final, starting with the team that made it through to the final first, French giants and big spenders, Paris St. Germain.
Champions League Final Preview
Paris St Germain
Having landed a clean sweep of the domestic trophies available in the French League this season, despite a curtailed campaign, Paris St Germain have finally made it through to a Champions League final after many years of trying. Heavy investment in the team, especially in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe has finally delivered a spot in the final that their owners have craved. Managed by Thomas Tuchel, the team has been a little inconsistent coming through the rounds, somewhat fortunate against Atalanta, but excellent in a convincing win over Red Bull Leipzig in the semifinals.
PSG Road to Lisbon
- Group Stage – Won Group A (5 wins 1 draw, 17 goals, 2 conceded, 16 Points)
- Round of 16 – Beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate (1-2, 2-0)
- Quarterfinals – Beat Atalanta 2-1
- Semifinals – Beat Red Bull Leipzig 3-0
- Total Record – Played 10, Won 8, Drawn 1, Lost 1, Scored 25, Conceded 5
- Top Scorer – Kylian Mbappe/Mauro Icardi – 5 Goals
PSG Expected XI – (4-3-3)– Sergio Rico (Gk), Thomas Kehrer (Dr), Juan Bernat (Dl), Thiago Silva (Dc), Pascal Kimpembe (Dc), Marquinhos (DMc), Ander Herrera (Mc), Lucas Paredes (Mc), Angel Di Maria (AMl), Neymar (AMr), Kylian Mbappe (Ac)
Players to Watch – The front three of Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria will be the success or failure of this team. They are going to have to play to their best to bring home the trophy to Paris St Germain, but with around £450 million invested in these three players alone, they have the talent to do precisely that.
Since Hansi Flick took over, Bayern have been transformed and they have won 28 of their last 29 games, scoring 97 goals in those matches and conceding just 12. Robert Lewandowski has netted over 50 goals this season for them and in truth, they are sweeping even top teams aside with an ease that has not been witnessed in European football for many a year. With a squad deep and packed with talent, it is hard to see any side having the quality to get one over on the Germans who are looking to land their sixth Champions League trophy on Sunday night.
Bayern Munich Road to Lisbon
- Group Stage – Won Group B (6 wins, 24 Goals, 5 Conceded, 18 points)
- Round of 16 – Beat Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate (3-0, 4-1)
- Quarterfinals – Beat Barcelona 8-2
- Semifinals – Beat Lyon 3-0
- Total Record – Played 10, Won 10, Drawn 0, Lost 0, Scored 42, Conceded 8
- Top Scorer – Robert Lewandowski – 15 Goals
Bayern Munich Expected XI – (4-3-3) – Manuel Neuer (Gk), Joshua Kimmich (Dr), Alphonso Davies (Dl), Jerome Boateng (Dc), David Alaba (Dc), Leon Goretzka (Mc), Thiago (Mc), Ivan Perisic (AMl), Thomas Muller (AMc), Serge Gnabry (AM,r), Robert Lewandowski (Ac)
Players to Watch – Robert Lewandowski’s 50+ goal haul makes this a career season for the Polish striker, but he is ably supported by the likes of Gnabry, Perisic, Muller and Thiago in particular. Goretzka is a fine box to box midfielder too who has cropped up with some key goals while Alaba and Boateng seem to be the preferred pairing in front of Manuel Neuer, the skipper, in goal.
Champions League Final Tips
- Full Time Result – Bayern Munich – 19/20
- Full Time Result / BTTS – Bayern Munich & Yes – 15/8
- Correct Score – Bayern Munich 3-1 Paris St Germain – 12/1
- Anytime Goalscorer – Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) – 11/10