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The Champions League has arrived to its final with PSG and Bayern Munich fighting for the trophy next Sunday, August 23 at Estádio Da Luz de Lisboa, Portugal.
In this Franco-German final PSG and Bayern Munich will prove whether they are worthy of the UEFA Champions League trophy.
The current edition of the Champions League, suspended in March due to COVID-19 outbreak, forced UEFA to change plans, establishing a single-leg format elimination from the quarterfinals in a neutral scenario.
According to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern Munich chief executive, “This (one-off match) model will hit like a bomb. The biggest thrill for the fan is the knockout system”, he declared. “In two games, the better team always wins, based on experience, anything is possible in one game. You can beat a better team or lose to a worse team.”
The suspense that comes with this single-leg model, invites to think that maybe UEFA would like to keep it in the future, revolutionizing the Champions League and giving even more excitement to the competition.
Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
PSG has changed its history by reaching the Champions League Final for the first time.
In the semifinals, the Parisians forcefully beat RB Leipzig 3-0 and became the second team in Ligue 1, after AS Monaco in 2004, to reach the final round of Europe’s premier competition.
With PSG now in the final, France have contributed with five finalists. The Parisians have joined Reims, Saint-Etienne, Marseille and Monaco as the fifth team to reach the European Cup final.
Of the six Champions League finals that French football has played (two Stade Reims, Saint Etienne, Marseille and Mónaco), only Olympique de Marseille have won in 1993, when they beat AC Milan and became the first and only French team to win the Trophy.
Now it is up to PSG to become the second French team to win the Competition.
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FC Bayern München
Concerning Bayern Muchich, we are used to seeing them in the last phase of the competition, having played a total of ten finals and winning five Champions League titles.
The first three were consecutive, between 1973 and 1976, and then they had to wait until 2001 to become champion again. Their last conquest was in 2012. Before that, they played the finals in 1981-82, 86-87, 98-99, 09-10 and 11-12, so they have five titles and five lost finals.
The other German teams that won the Champions League were Hamburg in 1982/83, beating Juventus 1-0 in the final, and Borussia Dortmund, which in the 1996/97 edition won against Juventus 3-1. Also teams such as Frankfurt (59-60), Mönchengladbach (76-77), Hamburg (79-80) and Bayer Leverkusen (00-01) played a final.
We expect a final with many goals and the favourite is clearly Bayern, but everything can happen in the match.
A final that is impossible to miss and will surely be amazing until the last minute.