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Preview: Champions League final: PSG vs. Bayern Munich – prediction, team news, lineups
The Estadio da Luz plays host to the 2019-20 Champions League final on Sunday as first-time finalists Paris Saint-Germain take on five-time winners of the competition Bayern Munich.
Both teams comfortably made it through their semi-finals with 3-0 wins over RB Leipzig and Lyon respectively and will now battle to be crowned kings of Europe – a title which would complete an historic treble for either club.
A fresh slice of history beckons in Lisbon for one of these giants as they face off in club football’s most prestigious match, but their past history at this stage of the competition could barely be more different.
The German outfit have been simply scintillating en route to the final, plundering an incredible 42 goals during a perfect 10 wins from 10 games in the competition this season.
An 8-2 obliteration of Barcelona in the quarter-finals was undoubtedly the most memorable of those wins
Bayern had been in some trouble earlier in the campaign, leading to Niko Kovac being sacked and replaced by Hansi Flick, who has since steered them back on to the right path.
It is difficult to see the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi being quite so wasteful if gifted the same chances, and it is also difficult to see Bayern changing the way they play given their ability to outscore any team.
Sunday represents a tantalising opportunity to make themselves the team to beat, though, and if they are finally able to lift their most coveted prize aloft then there could be no doubting that they are worthy champions.
Paris Saint-Germain Champions League form: DWLWWW
Bayern Munich Champions League form: WWWWWW
Road to the final
Group stage: PSG 3-0 Real Madrid
Galatasaray 0-1 PSG
Club Brugge 0-5 PSG
PSG 1-0 Club Brugge
Real Madrid 2-2 PSG
PSG 5-0 Galatasaray
Last 16: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 PSG
PSG 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
Quarter-final: Atalanta 1-2 PSG
Semi-final: RB Leipzig 0-3 PSG
Group stage: Bayern Munich 3-0 Red Star Belgrade
Tottenham Hotspur 2-7 Bayern Munich
Olympiacos 2-3 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich 2-0 Olympiacos
Red Star Belgrade 0-6 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Last 16: Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich 4-1 Chelsea
Quarter-final: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich
Semi-final: Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich
Both teams should have all of their superstar names available for this showdown, which will make for a star-studded occasion in Lisbon.
There are some injury doubts on both sides, though, and given Bayern’s goalscoring pedigree PSG will be particularly hopeful of having first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas back available.
The Costa Rican was forced off with a thigh injury against Atalanta and subsequently missed the semi-final, leaving him as a major doubt for this match with Sergio Rico again set to deputise.
Layvin Kurzawa and Idrissa Gueye are also fitness doubts for Tuchel’s side, but Marco Verratti did get some minutes towards the end of the semi-final and may earn a place back in the starting XI for the final as a result.
Icardi was a notable absentee from the starting lineup against Leipzig and, given how well the false nine system worked with Neymar, he may again be consigned to a place on the bench in Lisbon should Tuchel stick with a 4-3-3.
Bayern, meanwhile, will hope to be able to name an unchanged side from the semi-final but could be without Jerome Boateng, who picked up a knock in that match which forced him off at half time.
Flick has options in reserve – namely Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez and Javi Martinez – but he will give Boateng every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the game.
Boateng is one of four likely starters who were also involved in the 2012-13 treble-winning season, along with Manuel Neuer, David Alaba and Thomas Muller.
Robert Lewandowski needs two goals to equal Cristiano Ronaldo’s all-time record of 17 in a single Champions League campaign.
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Rico; Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Verratti, Marquinhos, Herrera; Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Thiago; Perisic, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski
Head To Head
These two sides have met on eight previous occasions, with all of those coming in the group stages of the Champions League.
It is PSG who boast the superior record in those head-to-head meetings, winning five compared to three victories for Bayern.
Only two of those past meetings have come since 2000, with the two sides trading victories in the 2017-18 group stages – PSG winning 3-0 in Paris and Bayern winning 3-1 in Munich.
We say: Paris Saint-Germain 1-4 Bayern Munich
Matches do not come much more enticing than this. A Champions League final between two teams that love to attack and are littered with potential match-winners
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