Paris vs Bayern Champions League final preview

Paris and Bayern will meet in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League final on Sunday.

Final debutants Paris will take on five-time winners Bayern in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League final at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. The game will kick off at 21:00 CET on Sunday 23 August.

Possible line-ups

Paris: Rico; Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Verratti, Marquinhos, Herrera; Di María, Neymar, Mbappé
Doubtful: Gueye (muscular), Kurzawa (thigh), Navas (thigh)

Bayern: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Thiago; Perišić, Müller, Gnabry; Lewandowski
Doubtful: Boateng (muscular), Pavard (ankle)

Meet the teams

UEFA ranking: 7
This season: P10 W8 D1 L1 F25 A5
How they got here: Group A winners, 3-2agg Dortmund (R16), 2-1 Atalanta (QF), 3-0 Leipzig (SF)
Last five games: WWDWW
Top scorer: Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappé (5)
Last season: round of 16
European Cup best: final (2019/20)


UEFA ranking: 2
This season: P10 W10 D0 L0 F42 A8
How they got here: Group B winners, 7-1agg Chelsea (R16), 8-2 Barcelona (QF), 3-0 Lyon (SF)
Last five games: WWWWW
Top scorer: Robert Lewandowski (15)
Last season: quarter-finals
European Cup best: winners x5 (most recently 2012/13)

Previous meetings

All eight of Paris and Bayern's previous meetings in European competition have come in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

05/12/17Bayern 3-1 Paris (Lewandowski 8, Tolisso 37, 69; Mbappé 50)
27/09/17Paris 3-0 Bayern (Dani Alves 2, Cavani 31, Neymar 63)
18/10/00Bayern 2-0 Paris (Salihamidžić 3, Paulo Sérgio 89)
26/09/00Paris 1-0 Bayern (Laurent Leroy 90)
05/11/97Paris 3-1 Bayern (Gava 17, Maurice 73, Leroy 75; Babbel 28)
22/10/97Bayern 5-1 Paris (Elber 4, 73, Jancker 21, 47, Helmer 51; Simone 48)
23/11/94Bayern 0-1 Paris (Weah 80)
14/09/94Paris 2-0 Bayern (Weah 39, Bravo 80)

Reporters' views

Chris Burke, Paris reporter: They may have fallen short, but Lyon did their domestic rivals a big favour on Wednesday – by removing Bayern's aura of invincibility. Paris will have watched the second semi-final licking their lips at the German side's high defensive line and backing themselves to bury the chances OL missed. Having added belief and unity to their obvious talent, Thomas Tuchel's men appear ready to sit in the throne of European champions, and beating Bayern to get there would remove any doubt that they deserve the crown.

Jordan Maciel, Bayern reporter: Bayern and Paris meet in a clash of treble hopefuls. With both squads boasting such attacking talent, this is a game that could be decided by the team that defends best. Tuchel will take note of how Barcelona and Lyon found ways to exploit the Bayern back line, albeit without success, while Hans-Dieter Flick's approach will be clear: concentrate, press from the first second, and score early. In short: more of the same.

What the coaches say

Thomas Tuchel, Paris coach: "My feelings are very hard to describe, even in English. Very hard to describe. From totally exhausted to totally happy. At the same time, staying focused because the trip is not over. We have a final to play in, which we absolutely want to win. Stay calm, stay cool, and try to prepare for it like any other game. Don’t do special stuff; the game is special itself, so why should we overload it with videos, with speeches, with motivation?"

Hans-Dieter Flick, Bayern coach: "We are going to try to produce our best performance out there and play our best football. Only if we are able to do that, if we are all at 100 per cent in terms of our performance levels, will we be able to win the match. They have only conceded five goals in the Champions League, the least in the competition, so it means their back line works like their front line does. We have a game plan and I hope we can carry it out."

Final pedigree

• Paris are the 41st club to appear in the European Cup final; they would become the 23rd to win it. They have won one of their three previous European finals:

1997 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 0-1 vs Barcelona
1996 UEFA Super Cup: 2-9 agg vs Juventus (1-6 h, 1-3 a)
1996 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1-0 vs Rapid Wien

• Bayern are seeking to join Liverpool on six European Cup wins and become the joint-third most successful club in the competition's history behind Real Madrid (13 titles) and AC Milan (7). Bayern's record in European Cup finals is W5 L5:

2013: 2-1 vs Borussia Dortmund (Wembley)
2012: 1-1 vs Chelsea (3-4 on penalties), Munich
2010: 0-2 vs Internazionale Milano, Madrid
2001: 1-1 vs Valencia (5-4 penalties), Milan
1999: 1-2 vs Manchester United, Barcelona
1987: 1-2 vs Porto, Vienna
1982: 0-1 vs Aston Villa, Rotterdam
1976: 1-0 vs St-Étienne, Glasgow
1975: 2-0 vs Leeds, Paris
1974: 4-0 vs Atlético, Brussels (replay after 1-1 draw)

• Bayern also won the 1967 European Cup Winners' Cup and 1996 UEFA Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup in 2013.

What's next?

The UEFA Champions League winners will contest the UEFA Super Cup against UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla in Budapest on Thursday 24 September. Both Paris and Bayern are already assured of being in the UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Athens on 1 October.

Champions League final trophy ceremony

The trophy ceremony will be held after the final whistle on the pitch.

The UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin will present the trophy to the winning team, and also hand over the medals to the players and staff of both teams. The trophy ceremony procedure has been aligned with the local authorities. All officials involved in the trophy presentation have undergone COVID-19 testing, and will not be required to wear masks.

As already announced ahead of the UEFA club competition final tournaments played in Portugal (UEFA Champions League), Germany (UEFA Europa League) and Spain (UEFA Women's Champions League), UEFA's top management and operational staff in contact with the participating club's players and staff have been regularly tested throughout the tournament.

Source: UEFA



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