What will happen when new school meets old? When those searching to start a dynasty face a side looking to cement their legacy? It’s PSG v Bayern Munich for Europe’s top prize …
PSG have not lost in Europe in their last five games and have finally broken their hoodoo of being cash-rich but under performers. Last season they slumped out of the continent’s biggest competition in the round of sixteen. This year – and in spite of turbulent circumstances – they stand on the brink of glory.
Arguably the biggest influence on this side has been Thomas Tuchel. The manager has been masterful in managing his resources and now has Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi on the precipice of greatness.
His domestic success – two league wins, the French Cup and the League Cup – will matter for nothing as they come up against Bayern Munich.
The Germans will start as favourites. Rightly so, they have won 27 of their last 28 under Hans-Dieter Flick and start with 19 wins on the bounce.
Robert Lewandowski is the man to watch in the final. He has a staggering 15 goals to his name and is two short of Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 17.
His all-round contribution must not be glossed over. He has six assists in a free-flowing side that is ready to pounce on any mistake the opposition may offer up.
A one-off affair brings every result into play with more questions than ever before kick-off. Can PSG put their failings in the latter stages aside for 90 minutes? Can they put out a performance worthy of crowning the club’s most defining moment?
Or will Bayern simply turn on their efficient best and boss the contest from start to finish? Could they yet fail at the final hurdle when it appears they have one finger on the trophy?
Suggested bet: Both teams to score and Bayern to win at 3.00