Finally, the Champions League 2019/2020 draws to a close tomorrow. After almost 12 months, majorly due to the pandemic, we will get to see the curtains close on this big event.
Would Robert Lewandowski finally get his hands on the trophy and bring to a close to a colossal season for him, or will Neymar finally vindicate his move from Barcelona on this very important day? (he definitely was not signed to win the Ligue 1 year in year out).
Bayern Munich are obvious favourites as they have scored at least two goals in all their Champions League games, winning all of them in the process. Lewandowski is obviously the man on fire (he would/should have easily won the Balon D’or had it been held this year), Serge Gnabry is hot in form, Thomas Muller has rekindled his form after falling off last season and is ready for business as always. The back-up players in Coutinho, Perisic/Coman, Tolisso and co. are actually very dependable when called upon. They are still a bit suspect at the back but when you can outscore almost every opposition in the world, defending would almost be an afterthought.
For Paris St. Germain, Neymar and co. have a very solid chance to write themselves in the history books. They had to do it the hard way against Atalanta and were better against another German team in RB Leipzig. However, they should not expect Bayern Munich to be so kind with the chances they were presented. Neymar has been good and ‘not so good’ at the same time as he has wasted glorious chances. You do not want to do that against the German juggernaut. As we all saw against Barcelona, Bayern Munich will make you pay once you do not take your chances. Thiago Silva and co. would need to be careful. Speaking of the captain, this could turn out to be the proper send-off for him as he is not having his contract renewed and this would be his final game. Deep inside, we are all looking forward to a foot race between Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe- just once please.
There is a lot at stake here: Bayern Munich versus Paris Saint Germain; the German Machine versus the oil-money boys; best attack versus best defence; Lewandowski versus Silva, Neymar versus Davies; Mbappe versus Boateng; two potential treble-winners, one new Champions-League winning Coach, cx. One very defining football game.
Bring it on!!