Mission Lis6on Complete!
This match was a microcosm of this season. The opening 30 minutes were not the best. PSG probably had more chances. They arguably had the better chances. But Bayern held firm. They played their game. They held true to themselves and ultimately they finished off an increadible season in style by winning another historic treble!
Rightfully so, the focus in recent times has been on Sané and Gnabry. They are the players we all expect to be starting on the wings in the coming season. Kingsley Coman has been criticised. He has been injured so often that we all feel a little bad for him. But he has never wavered. He has consistently committed himself to the club. He has fought his way back from injury countless times. And when it came down to it, he was the one who scored the winning goal in a Champions League Final!
However, it wasn’t just the goal. Coman was arguably the most dangerous player on the pitch for Bayern. Almost every dangerous attack came through his wing. He gave Kehrer all he could handle and more. It was a wonderful performance in a huge moment. While there’s no doubt that Sane will be the first choice next season, Coman made himself a Bayern legend tonight and he deserves no end of credit for his play.
The other player involved in the goal also deserves a shoutout. Kimmich was once again fantastic in this match. He once again showed up when it mattered. Many were concerned about his defensive abilities against the attack of PSG, and not without reason. However, he once again showed that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win. Moreover, he again showed that he not only desires to play in big games at the highest level but that he thrives in them. He seemed to be everywhere. Every time that Mbappe made a break, Kimmich was there.
Then when it really mattered, it was the midfielder, turned center back, turned right back, turned midfielder, turned right back that played in a perfect pass to Coman who made no mistake. It was a perfect cross in the perfect position, using Lewandowski as a decoy for the oncoming Frenchman. The young German is almost a surety to one day captain both club and country and has already nearly cemented himself as another legend of this historic club.
It would be sacrilege to not mention the veterans. So many of the older generation has been doubted and scorned in recent years. They have been told they weren’t good enough. That they were past their prime. Tonight, and throughout this season, they showed everyone that all of those accusations and doubts were wrong. Neuer has been fantastic. Müller has looked like the player we all knew he was 4 years ago. Alaba became the corner stone of our defense. Boateng was the rock next to Alaba. And Lewandowski. Lewandowski had a career year…at the age of 31!
This is what Hansi Flick did so well when he took over. He merged the young and the old. He brought this team together and earned the respect of the players. He created an atmosphere where they wanted to play for and with each other. Where they were excited about coming to work every day. He reinstituted the style of play that suits the players that Bayern have. They responded accordingly, working hard on the press. Retaining possession. And most importantly attacking incisively!
As I’ve already mentioned. It was a long season with so many ups and downs. If you told anyone that Bayern would win the Treble back in October, they would have thought you were insane. However, this team was resilient and a change in manager was all that was needed to bring them together. This is a historic win in unprecedented times. While some may detract from this achievement because of the format, it is also easy to argue that it shows just as much, if not more, grit to win in such an odd and unpredictable season. So my advice: Ignore the haters. Enjoy this win! We will always be able to look back on this moment with pride and joy! Bayern are Champions of Europe again! They are treble winners again! It’s time to celebrate!!!!