Champions League – Final Preview

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After three weeks of fantastic Champions League knockout football, the scene is set for the final at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, as Paris Saint-Germain face Bayern Munich. The games kicks-off on Sunday evening at 8pm and is expected to be watched by a global audience of millions.

Bayern Munich are hoping to win an eleventh European Cup or Champions League title, whilst PSG are aiming to secure their first. The German giants will go into the game as strong favourites, but the French champions are sure to be a threat.

How the teams progressed in Portugal

With the 2020 Champions League competition finishing as a knockout tournament in Lisbon, we have been treated to plenty of goals and some thrilling performances.

PSG were on the brink of being knocked out in the quarter-finals by Atalanta, but injury time goals from Marquinhos and Maxim Choupo-Moting sent them through to the semi-finals, whilst breaking Italian hearts. PSG then faced RB Leipzig but produced a competent performance to comfortably win 3-0 and take a second German scalp having previously knocked out Borussia Dortmund.

After beating Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate, Bayern Munich had set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie against Barcelona, but nobody could have predicted the score. After just seven minutes the sides were tied at 1-1, but three goals in nine minutes saw Bayern go in at half-time 4-1 up. More goals followed in the second half with Munich running out incredible 8-2 winners. Their semi-final against Lyon was much more routine, with Bayern earning a comfortable 3-0 win to progress to the final.

Head-to-head in the Champions League

This will be the first meeting between these clubs in the Champions League since 2017. Then, they were drawn together in the same group with Bayern Munich winning 3-1 in Germany after PSG had won 3-0 in Paris.

Overall, PSG have the better record across the eight UCL games they have met in, with the French side recording five wins to Munich’s three. Interestingly, there has never been a draw when these clubs have met in this tournament – could Sunday change that?

Standout stats

PSG have scored within the opening 15 minutes in four of their previous eight games in all competitions and have managed to come back to win their last three games from going a goal behind. They have also scored in 34 consecutive UCL games and if they manage a goal in the final on Sunday, they will set a new scoring record in major UEFA tournaments.

Bayern Munich are on a 29-game winning run in all competitions and have averaged over 3.25 goals on that unbeaten streak. However, their average in just the Champions League rises still to an incredible 4.2 goals per game.

Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski has scored in his last nine Champions League games, netting after the 75th minute mark in his previous four matches.

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