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Neuer Stars In Sensational Victory | Champions of Europe Bayern Munich Players Rated In Win Over PSG

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Bayern Munich finally secured their sixth European title after narrowly beating Paris Saint-Germain in the final of this edition of the UEFA Champions League. Kingsley Coman’s goal proved to be the only difference between the two sides in a game which was evenly balanced, though the victors did dominate much of the proceedings.

Bayern Munich Players Rated Vs Paris Saint-Germain

Manuel Neuer 10/10

Manuel Neuer once again showed why he is the best goalkeeper in world football with an astonishing performance in between the sticks. He made countless saves throughout the game, preventing PSG from finding the equaliser and was exceedingly calm and composed while doing so. A true champion.

Joshua Kimmich 8.5/10

Joshua Kimmich had a difficult start to the game, dealing with the wide threat of Kylian Mbappe. But he eventually did settle into the proceedings and was, at times, untouchable in the second half as he marched forward with menace.

Jerome Boateng 6/10

It was an unfortunate evening for Jerome Boateng, who, following a frantic start to the game, had to be subbed around the 25th-minute mark after picking up an injury.

David Alaba 8/10

David Alaba made one costly error that could have easily allowed PSG to find their way back into the game. That was, however, a minor blip in what was yet another fantastic defensive display. His anticipation, pace and calmness at the back helped Bayern deal with PSG’s offensive threat, especially in the second half.

Alphonso Davies 7.5/10

Much like Kimmich, Alphonso Davies found it challenging to cope with the likes of Thilo Kehrer and Angel Di Maria during the first phase of the game. But, he too improved and settled himself as time progressed and eventually caused havoc for the PSG defence going forward.

Thiago Alcantara 9.5/10

Thiago Alcantara was by far Bayern Munich’s best midfielder of the night. The Spaniard looked calm despite manic pressure from the likes of Leandro Paredes and Marquinhos. His sleek passing, brilliant movement and fantastic positioning sense provided assurance in Bayern’s possession phases.

Bayern Munich Players Rated Vs Paris Saint-Germain - A true winner.
LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 23: Thomas Muller of FC Bayern Munich celebrates with his winner’s medal following the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Matt Childs/Pool via Getty Images)

Leon Goretzka 7.5/10

Leon Goretzka had a mixed evening. The German had to be carried by Thiago during the first-half as he often made the questionable challenges and pressured the opposition at the wrong time. He improved much like other players, but the ex-Schalke man was definitely expecting a better performance from himself.

Serge Gnabry 6.5/10

Serge Gnabry had a disappointing outing by his lofty standards. He failed to get hold of the ball for long and was closed down fiercely by Juan Bernat. He was eventually taken off in the second half.

Thomas Muller 10/10

Along with Neuer, Thomas Muller is another man of the match candidate in this Champions League final. The German was always on the lookout for spaces, but it was his relentless pressing that made life difficult for the PSG players. Also had a significant role to play in most of Bayern’s chances.

Kingsley Coman 9/10

The decision to start with Coman turned out to be a tactically genius move by Hansi Flick. The Frenchman scored the all-important goal and was a menace down the flank with his darting runs into the box.

Robert Lewandowski 8.5/10

Robert Lewandowski may have struggled to find the back of the net in this fixture, but the Pole deserves endless plaudits for his phenomenal work-rate, technical brilliance and willingness to press the opposition. A true warrior.


Niklas Sule 8/10

Niklas Sule had a considerable task when he came on for Boateng in the 25th minute, and the defender didn’t disappoint either, proving himself to be a real rock at the back for Bayern. It was his introduction that provided additional defensive solidity to the Bavarian defence.

Ivan Perisic 7/10

Widely expected to start, Ivan Perisic came on for Coman during the final phase of the game. He provided the much-needed energy and spark going forward and was always a menace on the right flank.

Philippe Coutinho 6.5/10

Added a pinch of creative essence after replacing Gnabry in the 69th minute. A decent display from the Brazilian, who tried to make things happen.

Corentin Tolisso N/A

A late replacement for Thiago.

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