Bayern have lifted the trophy for the sixth time in their history, beating PSG 1-0 in a show event on Sunday in Lisbon.
Manuel Neuer took goalkeeping to the next level
Thomas Tuchel called Bayern Munich No.1 Manuel Neuer out for praise after PSG’s defeat in the Champions League final, insisting that Bayern Munich shot-stopper “take goalkeeping to the next level.” Bayern have lifted the trophy for the sixth time in their history, beating PSG 1-0 in a show event on Sunday in Lisbon. Kingsley Coman’s second-half head turned out to be the difference between the two sides in open play, which saw the Ligue 1 outfit squander several clear opportunities. Neymar and Kylian Mbappe had chances to open the scoring in the first half but were unable to find their way past Neuer in the Bayern net. Germany’s No.1 also held on to Marquinhos as Hansi Flick’s side defended their lead in the last 30 minutes, with PSG ultimately disappointed in their pursuit of the first-ever Champions League crown.
The German shot-stopper was in the top form
Tuchel praised Neuer’s excellence between the sticks in his post-match interview, telling journalists, “PSG have Keylor Navas, but Manuel Neuer was in top form at the wrong moment. Neuer took the goalkeeping game to the next level. Sadly for us.” Marquinhos also expressed on a painful defeat in Portugal, urging his teammates to flare up after making significant strides forward as a team in 2019-20 quickly. “The victory has not come. You are not playing the final, you are winning it, but we failed,” the Brazilian told reporters. On the other hand, we are all proud of our squad. Nobody believed in our rise. We should be pleased that we made it to the final and be disappointed that we did not win it. We will have to keep going down this path, in terms of sacrifice, in terms of unity.
“PSG have to continue this solidarity in the field that we have had since the beginning of the season. Now it is the time to go back to what we are used to in Paris, think about the next campaign, see if we can do better.” Marquinhos added about PSG’s lack of cutting-edge against Bayern: “It was a very tense final. We played to our strengths just like them. This is a team that had possession. We didn’t manage to finish off our possibilities. In a final, you don’t get many moments, and you need to take them. The Bavarian side did not create many chances. Bayern had control, but not many chances, but they scored a goal.”