Monday, June 14, 2021

Bayern Munich v PSG: Champions League Final Preview

The Champions League final is just a day away. Paris Saint Germain will be playing in their first ever Champions League Final against five time winners of the competition, Bayern Munich.

Lisbon’s Estadio Da Luz will host the Champions League final and the question now is who will win the game?

Bayern Munich will go into the game as slight favourites due to their demolishing of Barcelona in the quarter final as well as their striker Robert Lewandowski having scored 15 goals in the Champions League so far this season.

Lewandowski has been excellent for Bayern Munich this season.

PSG have never played in the final before but star attacker Neymar has played in a final and won it as well as getting a goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2015 final.

The Brazilian will use that as inspiration for the game, knowing how to score a goal in a Champions League final.

Neymar after his goal against Juventus in 2015.

Both sides won 3-0 in their semi finals but both sides have shown defensive frailties prior to the final.

Bayern Munich may have won 8-2 in the quarter final against Barcelona but for the first twenty minutes or so, Barcelona had their chances and could have been 3-1 up in the first fifteen minutes.

Bayern may have also won 3-0 against Lyon but there were periods where Lyon could have scored, and the French side almost did right before Serge Gnabry opened the scoring. This shows how Bayern can be there for the taking.

In terms of the attacking output, both teams have plenty of attacking threat.

The aforementioned Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will hope to be at their best, the latter will hope to be fully fit as he aims to add a Champions League medal to his 2018 World Cup winners medal.

Ángel Di María put in an impressive semi final performance against RB Leipzig and the Argentian will hope to repeat this performance in tomorrow’s final. The former Manchester United midfielder was named man of the match during Real Madrid’s extra time win over Atlético Madrid in the 2014 final.

Di María struggled in his sole season in Manchester but the 32 year old has put in some impressive performances of late.

Di María receiving a red card against Arsenal in the FA Cup back in 2015.

He was preferred to Mauro Icardi in the semi final and could possibly also be preferred to his Argentinan team mate in the final. Icardi would provide a good option off the bench. The former Inter Milan striker scored 12 goals in 20 games for PSG before the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season was cancelled and has scored 5 goals in 7 games in Europe this season.

Bayern’s attack is equally as deadly. As previously mentioned, Robert Lewandowski has scored goals galore this season. Serge Gnabry has also emerged this season as a world class talent, particularly in Europe.

Bayern’s Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the Champions League semifinal soccer match between Lyon and Bayern Munich at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Miguel A. Lopes/Pool via AP)

He has only scored two goals more this season in the league than he did last season but it has been the Champions League where he has really excelled. 0 goals in 7 Champions League goals in 2018/19 has been followed up with 9 goals in 9 games in 2019/2020.

Overall in conclusion, i feel that this game could potentially go down as one of the best Champions League finals in recent memory. After last year’s drab affair, both teams will hope to add a more exciting final. Both teams have their limitations at the back but both teams have the attack to really worry those defences.

I think Bayern are the better overall team, i feel that it is PSG’s time. The late goal against Atalanta felt to me like more than just a late goal.

PSG have never made the final and for a while were seen as ‘bottlers’ of the competition. PSG never looked like losing in their semi final whereas Bayern were at times troubled by Lyon.

I think that this final will be close and I predict a 3-2 PSG win in extra time.

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