Bayern gets its sixth! Bavarians become the first side to win all Champions League matches in a season

Bayern gets its sixth! Bavarians become the first side to win all Champions League matches in a season

Just little over a year after Liverpool won its six Champions League trophy, Bayern Munich joins the Reds in having just AC Milan and Real Madrid in front of them on that front. In their 11th CL final, the Bavarians defeated the final debutant Paris Saint-Germain with a goal from their former player Kinglsey Coman - 1:0 (0:0).

As advertised, Thomas Tuchel lined up PSG defensively banking on the devilish speed of his players for counter-attacks. While Bayern looked on to control the match from the start and play as they usually do, a credit to the ugly duckling Hans-Dieter Flick who finished his swan song with a treble-winning season. The second one of Bayern since 2013 and Jupp Heynckes's scary side.

But the current Bayern team could stand shoulder to shoulder with that 2013 team as the Bavarians became the first team to win all of their games in the Champions League run. Albeit, it was a shorter run due to the changed format caused by the pandemic, but in 11 games Bayern became the second-best scoring team of a single CL season. Flick's side scored 43 goals overall, just two fewer than Barca in the 1999/2000 season in five matches more.

Tuchel perhaps started perhaps even too defensively, with three defensive-minded midfielders in a 4-3-3 formation: Leonardo Paredes, Marquinhos, and Ander Herrera. But the plan worked as PSG got plenty of chances through counter-attacks.

The first proper chance came via the Kylian Mbappe - Neymar connection in the 18th minute but Manuel Neuer started off his trademark performance with a double. Just three minutes later Robert Lewandowski showed why he's the best player of the season and the best striker in Europe with a shot from a tight turn that beat Keylor Navas but not the post.

The next minute saw Angel Di Maria miss on a right-footed chance after a brilliant ball by Herrera. While Lewa finished his tries in the 30th minute with a difficult header saved by Navas.

But the first-half was marked by the inexplicable miss of the 21-year-old PSG star Mbappe who passed the ball to Neuer after a David Alaba mistake.

Bayern didn’t impress either as their wing play was often impotent but that’s how the goal came eventually. Joshua Kimmich, arguably the second-best player on the pitch, sent in a soft cross to the second post where Thilo Kehrer had to mark Lewa and Coman both, succeeding at neither. Which let the former PSG man unmarked and his header decided the winner in the 59th minute.

Coman received the Man of the Match award afterwards although it wasn’t deserved and should’ve gone to Neuer certainly. The keeper stopped Marquinhos’s great chance in the 70th minute. PSG's only remaining real chance came in the stoppage time when Choupo-Moting missed a ball in the goalkeeper’s zone after Bayern's backline was unusually disorganized and hectic. Only enough for Neymar’s tears after the match but not of joy.

Bayern is now set to play the six-time Europa League winner Sevilla in the European Supercup in Budapest on September 24th.


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