5 reasons that make the Bayern Vs PSG UCL final an exciting one

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2019-20 was a topsy-turvy season of football with the Coronavirus pandemic hampering and delaying a few months and bringing about a question of uncertainty to the continuation of the sport. Thankfully for the fans football is back in action, though at the expense of empty stadiums. A change in the basic proceedings of competitive football has seen European tournaments like the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League reduce their remaining knockout games into single-legged fixtures. However, that has not decreased the intensity of the game and can even be said to have increased it up a notch. A premise of this sort would obviously make the UCL final of this season between the German outfit Bayern Munich and its French counterpart Paris Saint Germaine, an exciting one. But several specific points can be jotted down which makes this fixture the most exciting tournament final in recent years.

No Messi and Ronaldo: Before the nitty-gritty of the match and the teams involved, it is important to remember that none of the two G.O.A.Ts of our generation will feature in the most important game in European club football. While Messi’s record in the last few seasons in terms of reaching the finals have tended to remain stagnant, Ronaldo also last played in a UCL final before joining his current outfit Juventus. For the second consecutive season, a UCL final won't feature these two and is a signal for the future generation of stars to start making their mark at the highest level and this season can be a starting point.

EPL and La Liga overshadowed: While the last decade has seen a complete dominance of Spanish and English teams in European club football, leagues like the Bundesliga and Ligue One have simultaneously been downplayed by football fans as not being competitive and challenging enough. However, that has seen a complete flip with a German and a French team fighting it out in the finals whereas Spanish and English clubs have not even managed a semi-final place. This match can start off a new era of domination for these clubs.

Neymar vs. Lewandowski: For Neymar, winning this game would mean to finally respond to his critics about his underappreciated credentials as a player. Ever since his departure from Barcelona, there have been speculations and controversies regarding the decision and a UCL title with PSG would certainly boost his position. Lewandowski, on the other hand, has had a phenomenal season for Bayern but has been extremely unlucky to miss out on the Ballon D’Or owing to its cancellation this season. But a UCL would surely tip off a near-perfect season for him irrespective of personal awards.

Battle for treble: This fixture holds the possibility of either of the two finalists to finish the season with a treble. This makes it not just a UCL final but also, the ultimate test to achieve a feat coveted even by gargantuan clubs like Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Liverpool. While PSG has already managed to win the Ligue One, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Bayern Munich, on the other hand, have managed to lift the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal. It all thus comes down to the final.

Ultra-attacking football: The two teams have significantly been characterized by their brand of attacking football over the years. Their approach has been different, with PSG favoring a fast and wide attack with a heavy midfield, whereas Bayern has molded a flexible system of quick attack with a collective build-up. Thus, the game can pave the way for the eminence of “offense is the best form of defense” approach in the years to come.