Bayern Munich beat PSG 1-0 on Sunday night to complete another historic treble. Kingsley Coman headed home the match winner in the 59th minute against his former club, after a brilliant cross to find him in the far post by Joshua Kimmich.
There was excitement from all football fans in the lead up to the final about the prospect of a high scoring game. The game itself was rather different, as even with the attacking flair of these two sides, it started off rather cagey. But as with any final there was a lot of tension and the teams were understandably cautious with what was at stake.
It was in the latter stages of the first half where spaces were being found and PSG started to get in behind Bayern Munich’s high defensive line. Chances for each of the front three: Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria were not taken and it would be costly in how the game would plan out.
Bayern Munich had their moments in the half, with Lewandowski carrying most of the threat. He managed to get a great shot off on the spin from an Alphonso Davies cross, which hit the post and was close to putting the German side ahead.
Up until Bayern Munich took the lead, PSG looked increasingly threatening on the break. The plan was working, with Bayern not creating too much off their usual excellent build up play. Defensively they worked hard and kept Bayern at bay, but it was their finishing that let them down massively on the day.
It was then when Bayern Munich took the lead in the 59th minute that confidence soared through the German side. They regained control and played quicker, crisper passes and looked the relentless attacking team we have been so used to seeing since the restart of football.
The likes of Thiago Alacantara, whose future is looking likely to be revealed in the coming weeks, was controlling the midfield and oozed quality with his slick passing between the lines. He earned the Man of the Match award after another excellent performance from the Spaniard.
PSG tried to get back into the game and fought until the final whistle. There was a genuine penalty shout that should have been looked at by VAR after Mbappe was fouled in the box. But it just wasn’t meant to be and Bayern saw the win out.
It was a deserved end to an outstanding season for this Bayern Munich side, who won all their games in the Champions League and have remained unbeaten since December 2019.
It is safe to say they were worthy winners of the European Cup.
But what now for PSG?
They must pick themselves up and push on. They took an important step this campaign with Thomas Tuchel turning a team full of stars into a unit that worked well together offensively and defensively. The likes of Mbappe and Neymar will be disappointed with their performances in what was a massive game for the club, but this talented side have a good basis to build on in the upcoming season.
They lose their fearless and trustworthy captain, Thiago Silva, who played his last game for the club last night. However, he leaves the team in a good way and on the trajectory. I am sure this will not be the last time we see this PSG side in a European final.
How quick they bounce back? Well that’s for them to decide.