FC Bayern Munich and Paris St. Germain will fight for Europe’s football throne in the Champions League final in Lisbon on Sunday. Lewandowski against Neymar, Flick against Tuchel. Who has the better chance?
Who has the greater psychological pressure?
Definitely Paris St. Germain. The donors from Qatar, who have allegedly invested more than 1.5 billion in the club since taking over the club nine years ago, make no secret of the fact that they also want to see the French series champions at the top of Europe.
This is what the German PSG coach Thomas Tuchel will ultimately be measured by. The Champions League record in the past seven seasons was disappointing: PSG failed four times in the quarter-finals (2013-2016), most recently three times in the second round (2017-2019). The finals are already the greatest international success in the club’s history. But the Qataris want more.
Who has the more stable defense?
Advantage PSG. The Tuchel team conceded only five goals in this Champions League season and thus provides the best defense of all teams involved. The 35-year-old central defender Thiago Silva is the calming pole in the center.
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It could also prove to be an advantage that the former Bundesliga professionals Thilo Kehrer, trained at FC Schalke 04, and Juan Bernat, who was under contract with Bayern from 2014 to 2018, know the way Munich plays well.
The Bayern defense around David Alaba was unusually shaky in the first half of the semifinals against Lyons’ fast attacker. “We had too many simple ball losses,” admitted coach Hansi Flick. “These are things that we have to turn off as quickly as possible.”
Who has the more creative midfield?
Bayern are ahead here. If Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Thiago and Thomas Müller implement their merciless pressing and get rolling, Bayern are difficult to stop – as FC Barcelona suffered at 2: 8 in the quarter-finals.
The PSG midfield around the Brazilian Marquinhos, on the other hand, looks rather static. Creative position Julian Draxler recently received little opportunity to excel under coach Tuchel.
Who has the more powerful storm?
One should actually assume a plus for Paris St. Germain here. After all, with the French world champion Kylian Mbappé and the Brazilian superstar Neymar, the two most expensive footballers in the world are in the ranks of the team – based on the transfer fees paid by PSG, which together amounted to around 400 million euros. On a good day, Mbappé and Neymar can play any defense dizzy.
Will the two PSG superstars Kylian Mbappé and Neymar show their class in the final?
But when it comes to effectiveness, it is not Mbappé (five goals) and Neymar (3 goals) that are the measure of all things in this Champions League season, but Bayern’s storm duo Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.
Lewandowski has scored at least once in each of his nine games so far, a total of 15 times. The Pole thus confidently leads the top scorer list in the premier class. And Serge Gnabry, Bayern’s match winner in the semi-finals against Lyon, has a remarkable quota with a total of nine goals in nine games. The Bavarians have the currently more powerful offensive.
Who has the better coach?
In the end, success will decide this question.
Thomas Tuchel on the side of Paris St. Germain is considered a tactical fox. Outwardly, he sometimes seems aloof. But the 46-year-old German has managed to form the top-class PSG stars into a team. He was twice French champion with Paris, this year he made the double. Now it could even be a triple.
But that also applies to his counterpart on this Sunday, Hansi Flick. Despite his success with Bayern, the 55-year-old is still a hot candidate for the most underrated coach.
During his public appearances, the former assistant to national coach Joachim Löw often looks awkward. With his players, however, he seems to strike the right note. The Bayern under Flick are hardly recognizable in comparison to the Bayern under his predecessor Niko Kovac.
Thomas Müller should suffice as an example: The 2014 world champion is experiencing a second spring under Flick that was hardly thought possible anymore. Should the Munich team secure the triple, the last doubters of Flick’s abilities would also fall silent.