PSG are looking to win the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their 50-year history against the absolute best in Europe – Bayern Munich. But they were left ruining scuffed chances, as Bayern snatched a gritty 1-0 win to deservedly lift their 6th Champions League title! The French side were successfully able to keep Bayern from causing them trouble in the first half but PSG’s acclaimed front-three all missed golden goal-scoring opportunities that could’ve put their side ahead before the break.
Bayern made them pay for all those missed chances by opening the scoring in the 59th minute when an impressive fast-break led to a smart header from Kingsley Coman to make it 1-0. PSG huffed and puffed trying to get the equalizer, but were ultimately haunted by their awful missed chance to ultimately come up short in a tight affair.
The lack of experience when it comes to winning such tournaments, creative midfielders and a pure #9 cost PSG today. As crazy as it may seem, they probably need to invest hundreds of millions more to form a side strong enough to reach the final and actually win it in the near future.
Here are your PSG player ratings vs Bayern Munich.
PSG Player Ratings vs Bayern Munich
Thomas Tuchel (5.0) –
Tuchel comes up short once again when competing with Bayern. It was surprising for him not to start the classy Verratti when he was visibly fit enough to do so. Also his substitutions were just not good enough and why he didn’t play a pure goal-scorer like Icardi at all remains perplexing. His defensive tactics were (mostly) spot on, but just couldn’t shape his side well enough to kill off chances in counter-attacks. The German boss still has some things to learn and few positions to strengthen to make this PSG side win the big one.
Keylor Navas (6.0) –
The three-time UCL winner passes a late fitness test to provide a huge boost for his side. Makes a great instinctive save to deny Lewandowski in the 32nd. Couldn’t really do much about the goal and comes up short in this tournament this time, losing his first CL final in 4 appearances!
Thilo Kehrer (4.0) –
Kehrer looks unnerved against the electric Coman today. He’s tussling well with the Frenchman but quite lucky not to concede a penalty right before half-time, as he had his hands all over & seemingly brought him down only for VAR to rule out Bayern’s calls. But he didn’t learn from that and left Coman completely open leading to his goal.
Then lost his concentration again few minutes later to allow Coman through, only for Silva to bail him out. Lost his senses after being embarrassed by Coman and just couldn’t do much towards the end.
Thiago Silva (6.5) –
Silva’s final game for PSG before moving on. Can he win the big one before leaving? Unfortunately, no. The Brazilian is making best use of his experience, getting into all the right areas to make vital clearances and progressing the ball forward really well. Could’ve maybe been in a better position to deny the opener but did well to stop Bayern from sealing the tie with a vital goal-line clearance in the 62nd.
He tried his absolute best to keep Lewandowski & co quiet and even got booked for bringing the Polish striker down late on, but his hard work ultimately made little difference.
Presnel Kimpembe (6.0) –
Kimpembe’s been tasked with the near-impossible job of keeping an eye on Lewandowski tonight. Lost the Polish striker in the 21st minute allowing him a shot that thankfully hit the post and went out. The Frenchman made a few thumping tackles & handled himself well today, not making any noticeable mistakes and also moving the ball forward really well.
Juan Bernat (5.5) –
Bernat needs to be at his best against the menacing Gnabry and Kimmich duo today. Dealt with the threat pretty well but was left bamboozled as the move leading up to the goal was created down his wing. Not especially threatening going forward and not most convincingly defensively as his frustrating night ended due to an unfortunate injury.
Ander Herrera (7.0) –
Herrera looks pumped as always for the final but a case of nerves are causing him to give away possession cheaply at times. Played a brilliant pass fooling the entire Bayern backline to send Di Maria through in the 23rd, but saw him waste the chance. Then struck a thunderbolt on from way out few minutes later only to see it deflected wide.
Plays another exquisite clever cut-back to hand Mbappe a free shot on goal before half-time only to see him waste it as well. Herrera pressed the Bayern players really well and kept things tight in midfield, while showing his creative side with all those chances. A solid effort in such a big game.
Marquinhos (7.5) –
A big role for Marquinhos to man-mark the cunning Muller today. He did that, but still ultimately came up short. Extremely proactive all over midfield and defence in the first-half, sniffing out & eliminating almost everything Bayern throw into his box. Slithered cleverly into the box in the 69th but his shot forced a great save.
The Brazilian absolute worked his socks off recovering possession and sending his side forwad as well. Greatly nullified Bayern’s threatening attacks with his superb defensive contribution and very unlucky to be on the losing end today. Will still be haunted by that miss though.
Leandro Paredes (5.5) –
Paredes again starts ahead of Veratti when he shouldn’t have and not being able to help PSG get hold of possession in the middle. Trying to rile up Bayern players early in the second-half to try and make them lose their concentration. Didn’t really do anything truly useful apart from a few good passes and was subbed after the hour-mark.
Angel Di Maria (5.0) –
PSG’s hero from the semi-final got a big chance to score the opener in the 23rd, but powered his right-footed shot over the bar. Played a really clever cut-back to create Marquinhos’ chance in the 69th. Not at his irresistible best at all today, being unable to threaten with his set-pieces or crosses as much as expected to.
Neymar (4.5) –
Neymar’s playing in an unorthodox #9 role today. Cleverly skipped past the defenders in the 18th but his accurate shot forced an amazing save from Neuer. He moved all over from his centre-forward role to left-wing, deep through the middle still was unable to create that something special to break Bayern.
His moaning and theatrics didn’t help his performance either, as this poor performance in the final means he’s still well behind from being the best in the world.
Kylian Mbappe (4.0) –
Mbappe is menacing right from the get-go with his thunderous forward movement troubling the defenders. Went in behind the defenders at times in the early minutes but can’t seem to get a shot on goal! Gets a free shot with nearly an open goal in front of him but shoots straight at Neuer in the 45th.
Scuffed whatever chance he got, couldn’t create anything definitive for his teammates and was bullied off by Bayern’s defenders. This performance proved Mbappe still has a lot to learn to become a definitive heir to Messi/Ronaldo.
Marco Verratti (6.0) –
Looked a definite upgrade over Paredes and played some brilliant forward passes to try creating chances for his side late on.
Julian Draxler (5.0) –
The (former?) attacking midfielder had little impact over PSG’s late attempted surge, not being involved in anything noticeable at all.
Laywin Kurzawa (N/R) –
Picked up a yellow-card after coming on and didn’t look the fittest after coming on from an injury layoff.
Eric Choupo-Moting (N/R) –
The super-sub from the Atalanta game failed miserably to capitalize on his chances today, missing a few great opportunities that could’ve changed the complexion of the game on another day.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Marquinhos was an absolute machine for PSG in midfield today, covering a lot of ground to keep them from breaking apart. The match-winner Coman is obviously today’s MOTM, but the Brazilian’s performance shouldn’t be forgotten.