The stage is set in Lisbon for the Champions League Final. Five-time winners Bayern Munich face first-time finalists PSG. Can the French outfit lift the coveted trophy, or will the German giants bring it back to Bavaria? Michael Owen shares his insights ahead of Sunday’s final.
Bayern to win and both teams to score
PSG v Bayern Munich
Paris Saint Germain are playing in their very first UEFA Champions League Final and will be hoping that in their 115th European Cup match, they can finally lift the trophy they covet most. They have already beaten two German teams in this year’s competition but this time they are up against the formidable Bundesliga champions.
Bayern Munich will be playing in the final for the 11th time in their history, equalling AC Milan’s appearance record, with only Real Madrid on 16, having played in more.
Robert Lewandowski has now scored in every match of this season’s UEFA Champions League and has 15 goals in 10 matches. In the history of the competition, only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more in a single competition when he scored 17 in season 2013/14 and it certainly wouldn’t surprise me to see Lewandowski add to his tally in the final of the biggest club competition in World football.
Bayern have scored a staggering 42 goals in ten matches in the competition so far and could become the first team in history to lift the trophy having won every single game they’ve played in the competition.
Having said that, Paris Saint Germain boast the best defensive record in this season’s competition, having conceded just 5 goals and I feel this game could come down to who defends best on the day.
There will be a huge array of attacking talent on show from both sides and I’m sure Bayern will look to continue with their free scoring, attacking style of play.
However, Thomas Tuchel and his PSG players will be relishing the prospect of launching lightning counter attacks, especially if Bayern continue to employ such a high defensive line.
All in all, I’m certain that an entertaining game is on the cards and it really could end up with any score!
It’s a difficult game to predict, as any good final should be, but I still have some doubts over Paris Saint Germain’s mental strength and the scars from heart-breaking defeats in recent seasons may just re-surface, particularly if the German side take the lead.
On the other hand, the mentality of Bayern is never in question so on this occasion I’m going for a 3-1 win to Hans-Dieter Flick’s men and for Bayern to lift the trophy for the sixth time in their illustrious history.