Champions League Preview: PSG vs Bayern Munich

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After a long winding season, we have finally come to the end of the Champions League Campaign.  We have been blessed with what should be a fantastic final between Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich.

Paris Saint Germain 

Ever since PSG was purchased by Qatar Sports Investments, they have dominated the French League, but have been unable to reach the pinnacle of Europe.  They have now reached their first European Cup final, and are the first French team to reach the final since Monaco in 2004.  PSG are stacked with attacking talent.  In particular, their front 3 is quite menacing, which is made up of Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, and Neymar.  This will be captain Thiago SIlva’s final match in a PSG shirt. Keylor Navas, who was out injured in the semifinal, looks fit to return (this is huge).

Bayern Munich 

Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, which would put them on par with Liverpool (still behind AC Milan with 7 and Real Madrid with 13).  Bayern are on a roll, and have not lost in 36 matches.  They absolutely destroyed Barcelona, and eased their way into the final by taking care of Lyon.

X-Factors

For PSG, its Angel Di Maria.  DI Maria has been in phenomenal form, and he will need to play well for PSG to have a chance.  Di Maria really shows his quality with his crosses.  If he can get the ball down the flanks, and PSG has enough men in the box, Di Maria will find the players and PSG will have good chances to score.

On the Bayern side, their X-factor is Serge Gnabry.  Gnabry displayed his brilliance in the Lyon match.  He can do everything for Bayern… he can start the counter down the flanks, or dribble inside and create (or shoot).  PSG will be wary of the threat Gnabry poses.

Prediction

This has all the makings of a great match.  Both teams have world class talent and every position.  Bayern is the safe choice, as they are on an unreal winning streak and exude confidence, effort, and ruthless skill.  On the other hand, PSG have brilliant players who sometimes come thru and sometimes do not.  Of all the players on the pitch, this is truly Neymar’s moment.  He is the best player in the world, and needs to carry his team to victory.  This could truly go either way.  Ultimately, I see Bayern having too much for PSG.  Looks for the Bavarians to lift the cup.

Bayern Munich vs PSG – 3-1

 

Written by Rex Hime