Saturday, 22 August 2020

Match Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Münchin

 Big Match Feature: PSG v Bayern

Paris Saint-Germain are seeking their first European Cup as they take on five-time winners Bayern München in the Uefa Champions League final in Lisbon.

The reigning champions of France and Germany have both been in imperious form in the 2019/20 competition. While Paris have won eight of their ten fixtures, suffering only one defeat and conceding just five goals, Bayern have been victorious in all ten matches, scoring 42 goals in the process – only three short of the competition record.

This is the third European Cup final to be held in Lisbon. Celtic beat Internazionale 2-1 at the Estádio Nacional in the 1967 decider, while the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica was the venue for Real Madrid's 4-1 extra-time defeat of neighbours Atlético de Madrid in 2014. The 2020 final will make the ground the seventh stadium to stage the Uefa Champions League decider twice.

This is only the second European Cup final between clubs from France and Germany, following Bayern's 1-0 win against St-Étienne in the 1976 final in Glasgow. In addition, German clubs have triumphed in the other two European finals against Ligue 1 sides, Bayern beating Bordeaux in the 1996 Uefa Cup final and Werder Bremen getting the better of Monaco in the 1992 Uefa Cup Winners' Cup.



Paris are the 41st club to reach the European Cup final, and the second newcomers in successive seasons after Tottenham Hotspur in 2019. The French side are the 20th team to reach the Uefa Champions League final.

Paris could become the 23rd side to win the European Cup, and the first new name on the trophy since Chelsea's 2012 triumph.

Only one French side has ever won the trophy, Marseille beating AC Milan in 1993. Reims (1956, 1959), St-Étienne (1976), Marseille (1991) and Monaco (2004) were all beaten finalists.

Ángel Di Maria (Real Madrid 2014) and Neymar (Barcelona 2015) could both join the list of 14 players to have won the Uefa Champions League with more than one club.

Having scored for Barcelona in their 3-1 win against Juventus in Berlin in the 2015 decider, Neymar could join a list of seven players to have scored in more than one Uefa Champions League final and become only the third, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandžukic, to do so for more than one club.

Di María was Man of the Match in the 2014 final; no player has ever won the award twice.

• This is Paris's fourth final in a major Uefa competition:

1996 Uefa Cup Winners' Cup W 1-0 v Rapid Wien

1996 Uefa Super Cup L 2-9 agg v Juventus (1-6 h, 1-3 a)

1997 Uefa Cup Winners' Cup L 0-1 v Barcelona


Bayern are seeking to join Liverpool on six European Cup wins and become the joint-third most successful club in the competition's history behind Real Madrid (13 titles) and AC Milan (seven).

This is Bayern's 11th European Cup final, moving them level with AC Milan; only Real Madrid (16) have played more.

Bayern's record in European Cup finals is W5 L5:

1974: 4-0 v Atlético de Madrid, Brussels (replay after 1-1 draw)

1975: 2-0 v Leeds United, Paris

1976: 1-0 v St-Étienne, Glasgow

1982: 0-1 v Aston Villa, Rotterdam

1987: 1-2 v Porto, Vienna

1999: 1-2 v Manchester United, Barcelona

2001: 1-1 v Valencia (5-4 penalties), Milan

2010: 0-2 v Internazionale, Madrid

2012: 1-1 v Chelsea (3-4 penalties), Munich

2013: 2-1 v Borussia Dortmund, London

Bayern also won the 1967 European Cup Winners' Cup and 1996 Uefa Cup finals, and the Uefa Super Cup in 2013.

This is Bayern's third European final against a French club. Apart from their 1976 European Cup win against ST Étienne, they were also victorious against Bordeaux in the 1996 Uefa Cup final (2-0 h, 3-1 a).

Thomas Müller, David Alaba, Jérôme Boateng, Javi Martínez and Manuel Neuer all appeared in Bayern's 2013 final victory.

Müller, who scored in the 2012 final, could also join the list of seven players to have scored in more than one Uefa Champions League final.


The teams have met in eight previous matches – all in the Uefa Champions League group stage – and all but one of those contests were won by the home side. Paris have the edge with five wins to Bayern's three.

Most recently, in the 2017/18 group stage, Paris were 3-0 winners at the Parc des Princes – Neymar scoring the home side's final goal – before a 3-1 Bayern success in Munich in which a Corentin Tolisso double added to Robert Lewandowski's opener; Kylian Mbappé scored for Paris.

In the first group stage in 2000/01 – a campaign that culminated in Bayern winning the competition for the fourth time – home substitute Laurent Leroy's 90th-minute strike gave Paris a 1-0 victory at the Parc des Princes on 26 September 2000. Again Bayern turned the tables in Munich, goals from Hasan Salihamidžic (3) – now the club's sporting director – and substitute Paulo Sérgio (89) securing a 2-0 success.

In 1997/98 Bayern ran out 5-1 winners in the first game in Germany, Giovane Elber and Carsten Jancker each scoring twice and Thomas Helmer getting the other with Marco Simone scoring Paris's consolation. Paris were 3-1 victors back in France, their goals coming from Franck Gava (17), Florian Maurice (73) and Leroy (75); Markus Babbel had levelled for Bayern.

• The French club came out on top twice in 1994/95, George Weah and Daniel Bravo earning a 2-0 home win and Weah, again, claiming the only goal in Germany – the only away victory either team has managed in this fixture.



Paris won all but one of their six games in this season's group stage, dropping points only in a 2-2 draw at Real Madrid on Matchday 5. They beat the Spanish side 3-0 at the Parc des Princes in the opening round of fixtures, and twice defeated Club Brugge (5-0 a, 1-0 h) and Galatasaray (1-0 a, 5-0 h).

In the round of 16, the French club overturned a 2-1 first-leg defeat at Borussia Dortmund – their sole defeat in this season's competition – to progress thanks to a 2-0 home win, their first aggregate knockout victory since March 2016.

They then followed up with a dramatic comeback victory against Atalanta in the quarterfinals, late goals from Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting securing a 2-1 win at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on 12 August.

The French club, whose only previous Uefa Champions League semifinal came in 1995, then eased past Leipzig in the last four, goals from Marquinhos, Ángel Di María and Juan Bernat securing a 3-0 success on 18 August, also at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

Thomas Tuchel's side had the best defensive record in this season's group stage having conceded only twice, both goals against Madrid, and have now conceded only five times, still fewer than any other club.

Paris have won 12 of their last 17 Uefa Champions League matches (D3 L2).

Paris have scored in 34 successive Uefa Champions League games, matching the competition record set by Real Madrid between 2011 and 2014.

No team has played more than Paris's 114 European Cup matches before reaching their first final, surpassing Arsenal's 90 games between 1971 and 2006.

Ligue 1 champions for the seventh time in eight years in 2019/20, and ninth time overall, this is the French side's eighth successive Uefa Champions League campaign.

Before 2019/20 Paris had been knocked out in the round of 16 in three successive seasons having been eliminated in the quarterfinals in the four previous campaigns. In 2018/19, Paris looked set to reach the last eight after a 2-0 first-leg victory at Manchester United in the round of 16, but bowed out on away goals following a 3-1 home defeat.

This season's wins against Dortmund and Leipzig have made it four wins from four knockout ties against German clubs for Paris, who defeated Wolfsburg in the 2008/09 Uefa Cup round of 32 (2-0 h, 3-1 a) and Bayer Leverkusen in the 2013/14 Uefa Champions League round of 16 (4-0 a, 2-1 h).

Before beating Leipzig in Lisbon, Paris had lost their two previous games against Bundesliga sides outside France, against Dortmund in this season's round of 16 first leg and Bayern in the 2017/18 group stage (1-3). The defeat in Munich ended a seven-match unbeaten run against German clubs, home and away (W5 D2); outside France, their record against German clubs is W4 D1 L5.

Before this season's quarterfinal, Paris had last visited Portugal for a 2-1 defeat at Benfica in the 2013/14 Uefa Champions League group stage, a match that also took place at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. The win against Atalanta was the French club's first in both Lisbon and at the ground, where they had lost their three previous games, all against Benfica. After being Leipzig, Paris's overall record in Portugal is now W3 D1 L5, the other success a 1-0 victory at Braga in the 2008/09 Uefa Cup round of 16 second leg.

• Paris's European penalty shoot-out record is W0 L1:

3-4 v Rangers, 2001/02 Uefa Cup third round


Bayern have won all ten Uefa Champions League games this season, equalling the competition record they set between April and November 2013 and which Real Madrid matched between April 2014 and February 2015. Their semifinal success made them the first team to win their first ten matches in a Uefa Champions League campaign; no side has ever won every game in a season. They would become the first unbeaten champions since Manchester United in 2007/08.

Bayern became only the seventh team – and first from Germany – to win all six games in the Uefa Champions League group stage this season, recording big wins at Tottenham (7-2) – a game in which Serge Gnabry scored four goals – and Crvena zvezda (6-0).

Bayern were the only side to collect maximum points in this season's group stage, and finished as top scorers with 24 goals – one short of Paris's competition record, set in 2017/18.

The German champions eased through in the round of 16 with an emphatic victory against Chelsea, winning 3-0 in London and 4-1 in Munich.

Even better was to follow in the one-off quarterfinal as Bayern became the first team to score eight goals in a Uefa Champions League knockout game, Thomas Müller and Philippe Coutinho – on loan from Barcelona – both getting two in a remarkable 8-2 success against Barça. Bayern's four goals in the first 31 minutes was the fastest a team has ever scored four in a Uefa Champions League knockout match, beating their own competition record of 36 minutes set against Porto in the 2014/15 quarterfinal second leg.

That was the first time Bayern had scored eight goals in a Uefa Champions League match; they have hit seven five times.

Bayern then recorded a 3-0 defeat of Lyon in the semifinals, Robert Lewandowski heading in late on after Gnabry's first-half double.

With 42 goals this term, Bayern have set a new club record for a Uefa Champions League campaign, surpassing the mark of 33 set in 2014/15, and is the highest since the competition changed format in 2003/04. The all-time record for a single campaign is the 45 scored by Barcelona in 1999/2000 – though they played 16 matches in the competition that season compared to Bayern's ten so far.

Bayern's next goal in the Uefa Champions League will be their 500th; only Real Madrid (567) and Barcelona (517) have reached that mark.

Lewandowski scored in Bayern's first five group games and has found the net in all nine of his Uefa Champions League appearances in 2019/20. He is the top scorer in this season's competition with 15 goals, including four in the 6-0 win at Crvena zvezda on Matchday 5 – at 16 minutes the fastest quadruple in Uefa Champions League history.

The record individual goal tally for a single Uefa Champions League campaign is Cristiano Ronaldo's 17 for Real Madrid in 2013/14.

Lewandowski's quarterfinal goal was his 50th in the Uefa Champions League with Bayern. Having also scored in the semifinal, the Polish striker has 68 goals in total and is the fourth most successful scorer in the competition's history, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (130 goals), Lionel Messi (115) and Raúl González (71).

Lewandowski is the third player to score in nine successive Uefa Champions League matches, after Cristiano Ronaldo (11) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (nine).

This is Bayern's 23rd Uefa Champions League campaign, fewer only than Barcelona and Real Madrid (both 24).

Champions of Germany for a record 30th time in 2019/20 – with a landmark eighth successive Bundesliga title – Bayern had reached the Uefa Champions League quarterfinals or better in seven successive campaigns before losing to Liverpool in last season's round of 16 (0-0 a, 1-3 h).

Before beating Lyon in the last four, Bayern had last crossed paths with a French club in the 2017/18 group stage with those two games against Paris. That 3-0 away defeat in September 2017 is the sole fixture in Bayern's last nine against Ligue 1 clubs, home and away, that they failed to win. 8

Before beating OL, the Munich club's previous knockout tie against Ligue 1 opponents was a 4-0 aggregate defeat of Marseille in the 2011/12 Uefa Champions League quarterfinals (2-0 a, 2-0 h).

Their semifinal success against Lyon made Bayern's record in knockout ties against French clubs W6 L1 with wins in the last six – including their sole other fixture with a Ligue 1 side on neutral territory, that 1-0 defeat of St-Étienne in the 1976 European Cup final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Bayern are unbeaten in their last 15 European games outside Munich (W12 D3), scoring at least two goals in all but the goalless draw at Liverpool in last season's round of 16 first leg. Before winning 2-0 at Benfica on Matchday 1 of 2018/19 the German club had not kept a clean sheet on their Uefa Champions League travels in 14 matches; they have now managed six in the last ten.

Wins in this season's quarter and semifinals have made Bayern's record in Portugal W8 D7 L1. In Lisbon it is W7 D3; they have won two and drawn one of their three matches at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

• Bayern's record in six Uefa penalty shoot-outs is W5 L1:

4-3 v Åtvidaberg, 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round

9-8 v PAOK, 1983/84 Uefa Cup second round

5-4 v Valencia, 2000/01 Uefa Champions League final

3-1 v Real Madrid, 2011/12 Uefa Champions League semifinal

3-4 v Chelsea, 2011/12 Uefa Champions League final

5-4 v Chelsea, 2013 Uefa Super Cup


Bayern's Hans-Dieter Flick or Thomas Tuchel of Paris will become the fourth German coach to win the Uefa Champions League, after Ottmar Hitzfeld (1997, 2001), Jupp Heynckes (1998, 2013) and Jürgen Klopp (2019).

The winner will also become the sixth coach to win the treble of Uefa Champions League, domestic league and domestic cup, after Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United 1999), Josep Guardiola (Barcelona 2009), José Mourinho (Internazionale 2010), Heynckes (Bayern 2013) and Luis Enrique (Barcelona 2015).

Neymar has scored four Uefa Champions League goals in total against Bayern – the only clubs he has registered more against in the competition are Celtic and Paris themselves (seven goals each).

Juan Bernat joined Bayern from Valencia in July 2014. He went on to score five goals in 114 matches for the club, winning the league title in each of his four campaigns and adding the German Cup in 2015/16, before signing for Paris in August 2018.

• Have also played in Germany:

Thilo Kehrer (Schalke 2012–18)

Julian Draxler (Schalke 2001–15, Wolfsburg 2015–17)

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Hamburg 2007–11, Nürnberg 2009/10 (loan), Mainz 2011–14, Schalke 2014–17)

Abdou Diallo (Mainz 2017/18, Dortmund 2018/19)

Kingsley Coman was born in Paris, joining the club's academy in 2004. He made his first-team debut against Sochaux in February 2013 becoming, aged 16 years 250 days, the club's youngest-ever player. Coman signed for Juventus in July 2014 having made only four appearances for Paris's senior side.

Aged 17 years 253 days Tanguy Kouassi struck twice in a 4-4 draw at Amiens on 15 February, making him the second youngest player ever to score a Ligue 1 double for Paris after Lionel Justier in March 1976 against Nîmes (17 years 212 days). He is not part of Paris's Uefa Champions League squad and signed a four-year contract with Bayern on 1 July.

• Have also played in France:

Corentin Tolisso (Lyon 2007–17)

Ivan Perišic (Sochaux 2006–09)

Michaël Cuisance (Strasbourg 2007–12, Schiltigheim 2012–14, Nancy 2014–17)

Benjamin Pavard (LOSC Lille 2005–16)

Lucas Hernández was born in Marseille but has never played club football in France, moving to Spain aged four and joining Atlético de Madrid's youth set-up in 2007 at the age of 11.

• Have played together:

Idrissa Gueye & Benjamin Pavard (LOSC Lille 2014/15)

Julian Draxler & Leon Goretzka (Schalke 2013–15)

Thilo Kehrer & Leon Goretzka (Schalke 2016–18)

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting & Leon Goretzka (Schalke 2014–17)

Ander Herrera & Javi Martínez (Athletic Bilbao 2011/12)

Mauro Icardi & Ivan Perišic (Internazionale Milano 2015–19)

Keylor Navas & Álvaro Odriozola (Real Madrid 2018/19)

• International teammates:

Thilo Kehrer, Julian Draxler & Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry (Germany)

Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa Kylian Mbappé & Lucas Hernández, Benjamin Pavard, Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman (France)

Pablo Sarabia, Juan Bernat & Thiago Alcántara (Spain)

Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Neymar & Philippe Coutinho (Brazil)

Neymar scored once in Spain (3-0) and twice in Germany (2-3) as Barcelona beat Bayern in the 2014/15 Uefa Champions League semifinals. Lewandowski and Müller were both on target in the second leg in Munich, with Neuer, Jérôme Boateng, Thiago and Martínez also featuring in the tie for Bayern.

Sarabia's goal was not enough to prevent his Sevilla side suffering a 2-1 home defeat in the 2017/18 Uefa Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Bayern. Thiago was on target for the German side, who went through by the same aggregate score.

Tolisso twice scored against Paris for Lyon, although both games ended in defeat; in the 2015/16 French League Cup quarterfinals (1-2) and the Trophée des Champions (1-4) at the start of the following season.

Mbappé and Perišic both found the net in the 2018 Fifa World Cup final as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.



Paris have completed a fourth domestic treble in 2019/20. On 24 July, they defeated St-Étienne in the French Cup final, Neymar scoring the only goal at the Stade de France. It was their record-extending 13th victory in the competition.

A week later Paris returned to the venue to clinch a record ninth League Cup, beating Lyon 6-5 on penalties after 120 goalless minutes. After ten successful spot kicks, Keylor Navas saved from Bertrand Traoré, leaving Pablo Sarabia to convert the winning kick.

Paris were also crowned French champions for the third year in a row, seventh in eight seasons and ninth time overall.

Paris have lost only one of their last 32 games in all competitions (W27 D4) – at Dortmund, in the round of 16 first leg. Their previous defeat was a 2-1 league reverse in Dijon on 1 November.

Paris have scored 70 goals in 22 matches in all competitions in 2020.

Paris had found the net in 36 consecutive matches in all competitions, following a 2-0 home defeat against Reims on 25 September, before the goalless draw with Lyon in the League Cup final.

Paris played four friendlies between 12 July and 5 August, scoring 21 goals without conceding in winning all four. In their last game before travelling to Portugal they defeated Sochaux 1-0 at the Parc des Princes on 5 August, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scoring the only goal.

Keylor Navas was replaced by Sergio Rico against Atalanta after suffering a hamstring injury and sat out the semifinal. A third goalkeeper, Garissone Innocent, has joined the squad in Lisbon.

Marco Verratti suffered a calf problem in training on 4 August, returning as a late substitute against Leipzig.

Kylian Mbappé missed the League Cup final having suffered an ankle injury in the French Cup final, returning as a substitute against Atalanta before starting against Leipzig. The joint leading marksman in the 2019/20 Ligue 1 with 18 goals, he is Paris's top scorer this year with 12 goals, two more than Neymar and Sarabia.

Idrissa Gueye, who did not play in the semifinal, has a muscular injury while Layvin Kurzawa, an unused substitute against Leipzig whose last appearance came in the League Cup final on 31 July, has been carrying a thigh injury.


Corentin Tolisso's next appearance in Uefa club competition will be his 50th.

Thomas Müller has played 114 matches in the Uefa Champions League, group stage to final; he is now the outright German record holder ahead of Philipp Lahm (112). Manuel Neuer, Bayern's only ever-present starter in this European campaign, is close behind on 110 appearances.

On 16 June Bayern won their eighth successive Bundesliga championship with two matches to spare. It was their 30th league title overall.

On 4 July Hansi Flick's team triumphed 4-2 in the German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen to secure their 20th Cup success and the club's 13th double.

Since football in Germany resumed in mid-May, Bayern have won all 14 competitive games.

In 2020 Bayern have prevailed in 24 of their 25 matches. They are on a run of 20 successive competitive wins, a new German record.

Bayern scored 100 goals in the 2019/20 Bundesliga season, only one short of their own record set in 1971/72.

Bayern have failed to score in just two games in 2019/20 – a 2-0 defeat in the German Super Cup at Borussia Dortmund on 3 August 2019 and a goalless draw at home against RB Leipzig on 9 February. They have hit 26 goals in their last six matches in all competitions, conceding six.

Robert Lewandowski – the Bundesliga's top scorer for the fifth time with 34 goals – has hit 55 goals in 46 competitive Bayern games in 2019/20.

Lewandowski has scored 236 league goals for Dortmund and Bayern combined, the third highest Bundesliga total of all time.

Müller finished the season with 21 assists, a new Bundesliga record.

Benjamin Pavard suffered a foot  injury in training on 26 July, returning as a substitute against Lyon.

Jérôme Boateng was replaced at halftime against Lyon having suffered a muscular injury.

Bayern have signed Leroy Sané from Manchester City and Tanguy Kouassi from Paris this summer, although neither is available for this final.


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