In the fiercely contended Champions League Finals, worthy of its’ status, the champions of Bavaria, Bayern Munich, got their hands on the 6th Champions League title, now equal to former CL winners, Liverpool. Only the best club of the last century, Real Madrid (13 CL Trophies), and Italian giants, AC Milan (7 CL wins). On the most pivotal night of the footballing calendar, which has been marred by tragedy, with a completely different world back when it began, ex-PSG youngster Kingsley Coman came through. The Frenchman scored a vital goal to seal a 1-0 win for Bayern Munich against their immensely worthy opponents, Paris St. Germain.
The score-line was hardly reflective of the proceedings on the pitch, as we were witness to some fierce end-to-end action from both sides. PSG had an abundance of chances in the first half, noticeably to Neymar and Mbappe. Right off the top, we must talk about Manuel Neuer – the German Wall – relentless attacks from the Parisians went in vain as nothing penetrated the World Cup winner’s goal. The debate of who shall become the German goalkeeper among the 34-year old and Barca stopper, Ter Stegen, is settled now.
The proceedings at Estadio Da Luz started with relentless Bayern attacks, primarily through Polish striker, Robert Lewandowski, who was denied once by PSG stopper, Keylor Navas, and once by the goalpost. It seemed almost impossible for the first half to end goalless, but a gigantic Manuel Neuer and solid defending from PSG captain, Thiago Silva, ensured the half ended scoreless.
The German side had a clear plan in the second half, and everyone looked assured in their goals. With the incredible speeds of Neymar and Mbappe at PSG’s disposal, the boys from Munich were intent on getting an early goal to put more pressure on an already nervy, PSG. Hansi Flick’s plan for Bayern reaped the rewards in the 59th minute when an inch-perfect Joshua Kimmich found French youngster, Kingsley Coman, unmarked and easily guided the ball inside PSG’s goal.
The last half hour saw the German side mostly on the backfoot with occasional counters. PSG gave it their all, and almost each and every one of them had a go. Even central defender, Marquinhos, had a chance from open play, but as the theme of the night went, he was denied by Neuer. Even though PSG enjoyed massive chunks of possession in the last 30, the German star never looked like he’ll get beat – and he didn’t.
FC Bayern Munich became the only club in Champions League football to win 11 matches on the trot. PSG stars looked distraught at the end, but the fans and players alike, will in due time, realize there are a lot of positives to look forward to. However, it remains vital for them to secure the services of superstars like Neymar and Mbappe for the next season, and with every club’s finances strapped due to the COVID – 19 pandemic.
The Champions League, for the first time in its’ history, saw a change in format due to logistical reasons and to adhere to safety guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO). The tournament was restarted in extremely challenging circumstances, but here we must take a moment to those working behind the scenes to make such a colossal event possible and, at the same time, cause no harm to human life. The last match of the footballing calendar probably taught us that if we try, we most certainly persevere. Here’s looking forward to a better 2020-21 season!