PSG, for the first time, qualified for the Champions League final. With all hope to win the trophy, the French club came out to play their hearts out in the first half, showing some attacking threats and being compact at the back, giving Bayern little to no chance against them.
However, the missing ingredient to this delicious meal prepared by the Blues was a goal. They missed several opportunities, and Neymar unnecessarily displayed dribbling skills and kept diving as though they were ahead and in the dying minutes of the game.
The story was different in the second half. Bayern Munich came out attacking and pressing. They had only a few chances even with their prolific passing game because of PSG’s compactness. It took Coman’s fantastic header, which came just before the hour mark to clinch the title for the German side.
Coman’s History with PSG
As Kingsley Coman left the bench in February 2013 for his debut in Paris Saint-Germain, everyone may have thought they saw a talent who might help guide the French team to its European glory.
Since he was eight years old, Coman became the youngest player in the club ever when he replaced Marco Verratti with Sochaux, a member of the Parisiens’ Academy. A probable sign for the determination to give youth a chance at the Parc des Princes given the money from Qatar Sports Investment (QSI).
However, before departure for Juventus in the Summer of 2014, Coman only made two more league appearances for PSG.
Speed ahead, and the winners of the Ligue 1 were on the brink of showing the tremendous financial commitment they had been defining after President Nasser Al-Khelaifi arrived in Lisbon for the first-ever Champions League final of the club.
They did not want Coman to spill cold water in their continental dreams, though.
It was Coman, born and raised in France, who was at the end of the stunning floating cross of Joshúa Kimmich over Keylor Navas, to win Bayern Munich, a sixth European cup.
The campaign for the Bundesliga champions is also complete, one that came with a treble which was scarcely feasible as Hansi Flick took over the leadership in November.
Since replacing Niko Kovac in the Dugout of Allianz Arena, Flick did nothing if no bad and opted to unleash a Coman, dubbed ‘The King’ by the Bavaria training center, in front of Ivan Perisic, which paid huge dividends.
Mbappe and Neymar
Neymar and Mbappe both had their fair share of chances, but the one which stood out was the cut-back pass from Ander Hererra unto the path of Kylian who failed to score within range at about 12 meters. Neuer saved the game comfortably, but again, it had to be at his finest, as PSG raced after the Coman opener, with Marquinhos and Mbappe being denied by ‘The Wall’ as some supporters of Bayern have placed on Neuer.
The ex-Schalke shot-stopper will not be beaten, and the full-time Bayern celebrations clashed with a tearful Neymar, who was comforted for several minutes by David Alaba, so furious was the most expensive player in the world.
It would be wondered whether that would leave the hand of Thomas Tuchel three years after the €400 m splurge for Neymar and Mbappe, but it is evident that during this most unusual European venture, a lot of the ghosts have been laid to bed. With only a few of Europe’s biggest clubs willing to recruit some of the strong pairs on a post-coronavirus market, they’ll do it again next season. While this seems as if they skipped their best opportunity, the newly-found confidence this run will keep them up in 2020-21. A Kingsley Coman Day. The Parisian who dented the hopes of his boyhood club for their first European trophy.
Ander Herrera’s reactions
Ander Herrera has offered his frank glimpse into the Champions League Final but maintains that PSG will do all it can to return to the showpieces of European football next season.
“We feel like s**t,” he told French outlet RMC Sport. “We need to think, reflect. We achieved something considerable, and we built something considerable for the club and the supporters. There are no words for anyone. “Tomorrow, we will have to think about what we have done, the things we could have done together. It will be hard to sleep, speak even. “We are going to try to come back to the final. We are not going to bin what we have done. We had a lot of chances, more than them, I think. “It is a final if you don’t score… We had five or six chances, but in return, they had a lot of quality. We need to stick together and start from Saturday to chase the next dream.”