MX23RW : Saturday, September 26 08:33:42| >> :120:76810:76810:
Aug 23, 2020 at 8pm UK at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
PSGParis Saint-Germain
0-1
BayernBayern Munich

Paredes (52'), Neymar (81'), Silva (84'), Kurzawa (86')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Coman (59')
Davies (28'), Gnabry (52'), Sule (56'), Muller (90+4')

Champions League final: Five things to look out for as PSG face Bayern Munich

Champions League final: Five things to look out for as PSG face Bayern Munich
© Reuters
Bayern are seeking to become European champions for the sixth time, while PSG are maiden finalists.

Bayern Munich take on Paris St Germain in a mouth-watering Champions League final on Sunday evening.

Bayern are seeking to become European champions for the sixth time, while PSG are maiden finalists.

Here, the PA news agency looks at five of the main talking points ahead of the clash in Lisbon.

PSG investment to pay dividends?

Achieving European champions status has been the main ambition for PSG since Qatar Sports Investments took over the club in 2011. It has taken nine years, substantial spending, and a series of disappointing knockout stage exits but the club have finally reached a first Champions League final. This year is the 50th anniversary of the club that was founded in 1970. Becoming only the second French club to win the competition – after Marseille in 1993 – would be a fitting way to celebrate it.

Most potent attack faces tightest defence

Lethal Bundesliga champions Bayern have averaged more than four goals per Champions League game this term, registering a remarkable 42 strikes in just 10 fixtures. Those statistics include a 7-2 group stage success at Tottenham and an 8-2 quarter-final thrashing of Barcelona. To put the feat into perspective, PSG are the next highest scorers with 25 goals. If any club can stop Bayern scoring, then it should be the Ligue 1 champions. Thomas Tuchel’s side have the tournament’s stingiest defence, conceding just five times.

Neymar and Mbappe versus Lewandowski

PSG have the world’s two most expensive players, Bayern have the competition’s top scorer. Neymar, who cost the Ligue 1 side £200million from Barcelona in 2017, won the Champions League with his former club five years ago, while £163m team-mate Kylian Mbappe is already a World Cup winner. Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski was in the Borussia Dortmund side beaten by his current employers in the 2013 final and has 55 club goals this term, including 15 in this tournament which is two shy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s record. All three men possess match-winning qualities and will be expected to make significant contributions.

Bayern boss to cap superb debut season?

Bayern Munich have won 32 of 35 matches under manager Hansi Flick
Bayern Munich have won 32 of 35 matches under manager Hansi Flick (Sven Hoppe/DPA/PA)

Bayern’s gamble to put Hansi Flick in the hot seat has paid off handsomely. The 55-year-old, a long-serving former assistant to national team coach Joachim Low, had never managed above the third tier in Germany before stepping up to replace Niko Kovac in early November. The Bavarian club were fourth in the Bundesliga at that stage but Flick has won 32 of 35 games to guide them to the verge of a treble after romping to the title and success in the German cup. Bayern forward Thomas Muller has credited the coach with allowing the team to take risks and be more courageous. Flick, who has been rewarded with the position on a permanent basis, will be eager to cap his remarkable achievements with the biggest prize of all.

Surreal surroundings

Estadio da Luz also hosted the 2014 Champions League final, when Real Madrid defeated city rivals Atletico
Estadio da Luz also hosted the 2014 Champions League final, when Real Madrid defeated city rivals Atletico (Nick Potts/PA)

There will be a distinctly different feel to the 2020 final of European football’s premier club competition. The coronavirus pandemic deprived Istanbul of hosting the game, with the tournament switched to Lisbon from the quarter-final stage onwards and completed behind closed doors. Unfortunate fans of both clubs will have to settle for watching from home, with PSG supporters particularly unlucky to miss an historic occasion for their club. Lifting a major trophy in front of empty stands is far from ideal. Yet the absence of a crowd did not lessen the entertainment of Friday’s Europa League final in Cologne and neutrals will have their fingers crossed for something similar from Sunday’s showpiece event at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz.

ID:411216:
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Danish Superliga
League of Ireland Premier
Welsh Premier League
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
AFC Champions League
Chinese Super League
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Tables

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!