Three teams are left in this season’s UEFA Champions League tournament after RB Leipzig were dumped out of the first semifinal match in spectacular fashion. They were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain with goals by Marquinhos (13’minutes), Di María (42’minutes) and Bernat (56’minutes)
Paris Saint-Germain’s array of stars was simply too much for the inexperienced RB Leipzig players and coach. Kudos must be given to RB Leipzig in only their second appearance at the Champions League. If says a lot about their administration and vision for the future for them to come thus far. We do hope we see more of them in next season’s campaign.
With this win, Paris Saint-Germain has reached their first ever Champions League final.
Let’s turn our attention to today’s match
OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS vs BAYERN MUNICH
Lyon beat Juventus and Manchester City in back to back knockout matches to secure a place in the semis and they have relatively overachieved in that they were not favourites in each of those games.
Their status as underdogs has even been kind to them in the way they have done what most people did not expect them to do. Their defensive strategy has been something very commendable.
But to face a deadly and dangerous Bayern Munich side at this moment is a nightmare for any club so this could just be the French team’s biggest and toughest test yet. That is not to say however, that Bayern should underrate this spirited Lyon side in any way. If they do, then they do that at their own peril.
Rudi Garcia will hope players like Maxwel Cornet, Houssem Aouar, Moussa Dembélé and Memphis Depay will be at their best and rise up to the occasion to try to get a win against the Bavarians.
Bayern Munich are coming into this side on the back of a 7-1 aggregate win over Chelsea and an astonishing 8-2 victory over Barcelona in the Round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively.
They really seem unstoppable with the quality of attackers they possess. Robert Lewandowski has already scored 14 Champions League goals thus far this season. Their potent attack also features Serge Gnabry, Thiago Alcantara, Ivan Perisic and Thomas Müller. The team’s full-backs, Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies are also beasts in their own rights.
Bayern will be looking to dump out the French team just as they did in the 2009/2010 season. Ahead of the match, Bayern coach Hansi Flick said, “Those who know me do not need to be reminded that I refuse to live in the past. Of course we were happy about the result against Barcelona but we still have plans and we all know how quickly things can happen in football. We need to look ahead, collect energy and then things start at 0-0. We have enough experienced players in our team who understand this, but we are still preparing in the best possible way. There are still things we need to improve.”
Bayern Munich will seek to win a sixth European Champions League trophy since they last won it in 2013 when they beat Borussia Dortmund.