German elite club Bayern Munich have beaten the French club Paris Saint Germain to lift their sixth UEFA Champions League trophy in a closely fought final match on Sunday night, 23rd August, 2020 in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. Although the more compact team, Bayern have their goalkeeper Manuel Nuer to thank for his several top saves from goal attempts by Neymar Junior and Kylian Mbappe, who laboured all night to beat the German international to no avail. Worthy of remark also is the performance of Thiago Alcantara, who managed to hold his own in the middle of the park. Bayern went all the way in the competition, winning every single match, beating all the eleven clubs they came up against in this season’s UEFA Champions League. This is Bayern’s third trophy this season, after they had won both the Bundesliga and the German Cup called DFB Pokal.
Just before the match, speaking to the press, Mbappe had said that Manuel Nuer is among the best goalkeepers that the world has ever seen, saying it is an honour to play against the best like him, because to be the best one has to beat the best. That was not to be for the French youngster on the night.
The solitary goal for the night was scored by Kingsley Coman, who headed Joshua Kimmich’s cross into the net, just before the hour mark. The goal is significant not only because it was the winner; Coman grew up in the PSG Academy, spending as much as ten years therein, and thereafter sigined for his first professional career at the club, playing only four matches before moving on to Italy to feature for Juventus.
On a night goals were expected to be plenty, the game turned out to be tight and tactical, with Bayern doing their best to contain the threat of the PSG forwards, keeping good possession of the ball.
Hansi Flick, the Bayern coach, saw to his 33rd victory since taking over at the club, (at which he was hitherto November, the assistant) a length of time he lost only twice and drew once. Helping the club to complete her treble. His managerial touch has been described by experts as intelligent and down-to-earth.
He said at the time he was taking over the reins, all he read in the headlines was that Bayern were no longer scary to clubs. So, he decided to change that notion. He has a 92 percent win rate so far. An incredible number considering the calibre of teams he has faced.
This UCL trophy is also remarkable for midfield player Thomas Muller and Alfonso Davies, the Canadian left-back. Muller has just won his 24th trophy in professional club football, while the brilliant Davies is the first Canadian to win the UEFA Champions League.
It was a night that the individual prowess of Neymar Jr and Mbappe was drown in the great teamwork of the Bayern Munich team. Neymar was left devastated at the end of the final whistle, as PSG were denied their first UCL trophy.
Only Real Madrid and perhaps, Milan, have had more European Cup/ UEFA Champions League trophies than Bayern Munich.
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