Neymar is poised to return to action for Paris Saint-Germain against Marseille in a Classique that Thomas Tuchel thinks has come too early in the Ligue 1 season.

After recovering from coronavirus, Brazilian forward Neymar is back in training with PSG and appears likely to be involved in Sunday's big match at the Parc des Princes.

He missed the 1-0 defeat to Lens as the Champions League runners-up made a disappointing start to their domestic campaign.

Neymar was one of a host of star names to be ruled out of that match after COVID-19 positive tests, but he, along with goalkeeper Keylor Navas, playmaker Angel Di Maria and midfielder Leandro Paredes have now returned negative results.

They, along with new signing Alessandro Florenzi, are in line to play some part, with Tuchel waiting until a light training session on Sunday before settling on his line-up plans.

"We won't be taking risks," Tuchel said. "That is not what we are going to do. After two days of training, if the players are ready and there are no medical risks we will make the decisions.

"I don't need to ask them if they want to play, but I'll have to decide [on Sunday]. It will be a question of whether they start on the pitch or on the bench."

The German head coach cannot understand why French league chiefs decided such a headline fixture should come so soon this season.

"I am surprised that such an important game is scheduled for the third match day," Tuchel said in a news conference.

"I think such a game should be scheduled for October or November when both teams have got into a rhythm.

"Everybody wants to win at their best level but it's not possible if it's only the second game in Ligue 1. Personally I don't understand the decision."

Yet PSG are determined to take a positive attitude into their home fixture, seeing the opportunity to relaunch their campaign after the false start.

"We're not afraid. We're ready to play every match," Tuchel said. "We know our fans love it when we win matches like this. It's not easy for us. We have to adapt and prepare to overcome the obstacles in matches like this."

Tuchel confirmed Marquinhos, Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe, who also tested positive for COVID-19, will miss the Marseille match.

But the overall picture is looking increasingly positive, as PSG target their first points of the campaign.

"We want to show we want to win again, that we wanted to keep winning after a loss," Tuchel said.

"I can understand that some teams think it is the only time and the only moment to really face us and beat us, so maybe, yes, it is a good time to play against us, but we still have our features and qualities and we will show them that tomorrow."

Neymar has signed a deal with sportswear giant Puma after ending his contract with Nike early.

Brazil superstar Neymar recently announced the end of his association with American giant Nike two years before the end of a contract that was reportedly worth €100million.

Puma said in a release the Paris Saint-Germain forward will don the "legendary Puma King football boot", while also becoming a brand ambassador off the pitch and styling the company's "lifestyle, training, and sport-inspired footwear and apparel products".

Speaking about the new link-up, Neymar – who tweeted about the announcement with the tagline "The KING is back" – said his decision was in part inspired by Puma's past associations with legends such as Pele and Diego Maradona.

"I grew up watching videos of great football legends such as Pele, [Johan] Cruyff, [Lothar] Matthaus, Eusebio and Maradona," quotes attributed to Neymar in the release read. 

"These were the KINGs of the pitch, the KINGs of my sport. I wish to bring back the legacy that those athletes created on the pitch. They each played in PUMA, and each of them created their magic in The KING.

"Every time I lace my boots, my KING boots, I will do anything to achieve all of my dreams to honour my name and that of all those great ones who wore the KING before me. This will be my PUMA history. The KING is back!"

Neymar had been associated with Nike since the age of 13, while it represents a significant boost for Puma who have lacked a huge global name since Usain Bolt's retirement from athletics.

Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden added: "Neymar Jr joining our PUMA Family is fantastic. 

"He is one of the best players in the world and extremely influential for the global football and youth culture. We are very excited and look forward to working with him both on and off the pitch."

Neymar confirmed he has tested negative for coronavirus and has been given the all-clear to resume training with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Sunday's Ligue 1 clash with Marseille.

The Brazil international was one of seven players ruled out of PSG's 1-0 loss to Lens in their opening game of the season on Thursday after contracting COVID-19.

However, head coach Thomas Tuchel was hopeful of welcoming back at least a few of his quarantined players for this weekend's Classique with Marseille.

Former Barcelona forward Neymar is among those now back in contention after completing a period of self-isolation and being given the go-ahead to link up with his team-mates.

"I went back to training, super happy #CORONAOUT," Neymar posted on Twitter on Friday, accompanied by a 'zany face' emoji.

An error from third-choice goalkeeper Marcin Bulka gifted what proved to be the winning goal to Ignatius Ganago in PSG's loss to Lens at Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

The reigning champions were also without Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi, Marquinhos and Keylor Navas for the match.

Asked about the possibility of welcoming back those players against Marseille, Tuchel said: "If possible, a few players could play.

"But if they play, they would only have a leg work-out before then. If Neymar, Di Maria play, yes, but they would play after two weeks without training too.

"Physically, I can't wait for them to be the decisive guys. It's always risky. We have to talk with the players, the doctors too."

Neymar and Angel Di Maria remain doubtful to return for Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday's Classique against Marseille, head coach Thomas Tuchel said.

The superstar duo were among a large contingent of players to miss the Ligue 1 champions' opening-game loss to new boys Lens on Thursday after contracting coronavirus.

With Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe also among those to miss out, PSG slipped to a 1-0 defeat with Tuchel later saying a draw was about the best his side – whose campaign was also delayed because they reached the Champions League final – could have hoped for.

Following the game, Tuchel was asked if PSG may have more options for the clash with fierce rivals Marseille but says the limited training Neymar or Di Maria would have makes their availability unclear.

"I do not know exactly. If possible, a few players could play. But if they play, they would only have a leg work out," Tuchel said. 

"What are we going to do? We can give a few minutes. If Neymar, Di Maria play, yes, but they would play after two weeks without training too. 

"Physically, I can't wait for them to be the decisive guys. It's always risky. We have to talk with the players, the doctors too."

Paris Saint-Germain are set to launch their Ligue 1 title defence on Thursday with a drastically weakened squad and a host of youngsters.

Coach Thomas Tuchel named his squad as PSG departed for Lens, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria among the absentees.

A number of COVID-19 positive tests have left the Champions League runners-up depleted for the start of their domestic campaign.

As well as the absent star attacking trident, it has been reported in France that Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi, Marquinhos and Keylor Navas have tested positive for the coronavirus.

They will all miss the match at Lens, along with Sergio Rico, who joined too late from Sevilla to be registered for the match.

With Navas and Rico unavailable, young Polish goalkeeper Marcin Bulka will start the game, Tuchel has confirmed.

Several French youngsters feature in the 20-man squad, including midfielders Bandiougou Fadiga and Kays Ruiz-Atil, goalkeeper Garissone Innocent, striker Arnaud Kalimuendo, defender Timothee Pembele.

Dutch defender Mitchel Bakker may get another chance to impress after the 20-year-old made a rare senior appearance in the Coupe de la Ligue final, while his 17-year-old compatriot Xavi Simons, a midfielder who began his career at Barcelona, also joins the first-team squad.

There is experienced talent to complement the youngsters, with the likes of Julian Draxler, Juan Bernat, Idrissa Gueye, Ander Herrera, Marco Verratti and Presnel Kimpembe making the trip.

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo admitted the Ligue 1 champions were tempted to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, while he insisted Neymar and Kylian Mbappe must stay at the club.

Messi dropped a bombshell when he handed in a transfer request but the Barca captain and six-time Ballon d'Or champion will remain at Camp Nou for the 2020-21 season.

Manchester City were heavily linked with Messi, while PSG also emerged as a possible destination for the 33-year-old attacker.

"Today when you think about the financial situation it's complicated," Leonardo told Canal+ program Canal Football Club when asked if PSG were interested. 

"When we are told Messi wants to leave, we are tempted. You say to yourself, will it be f****** possible? They are players completely out of any discussion. 

"I don't know, David Beckham ended up at Paris Saint-Germain, Messi ending up in Paris? I don't know. 

"It's football, in the end, everyone's sitting at the table, everyone knows everything, and it's moving forward."

There has also been speculation regarding PSG's star duo Neymar and Mbappe following their memorable run to the Champions League final.

Neymar has often been linked with a return to Barca, while Real Madrid have made no secret of their admiration for Mbappe.

However, Leonardo said: "We want to continue with them. Everything is clear to everyone. We must continue with them.

"To have two players like that on the same team is huge. Messi and Ronaldo were each in their own club. We have the two best players in the world after Messi and Ronaldo."

Despite leading PSG to their first Champions League final, there has been uncertainty over Thomas Tuchel's future in Paris.

Former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with a move to PSG, but Leonardo said the French powerhouse plan to continue with Tuchel.

"He did something fantastic. It's the best season in the club's history. We have time to talk about that," he added.

"We share a lot of things, we talk about the transfer market all the time. There is always a conversation about signing a player. Tuchel always validates the choice of players.

"We have a 10-month contract. Honestly, when I arrived, I could keep him or not. We spoke very clearly. I never contacted Allegri. I know him. We hope to do better this year.

"Every club today needs to sell. We made a big investment in Mauro Icardi. We have to be creative. The departures of the players were planned.

"We finished playing in August and not in May. We have until October 5 to recruit. But we have to look at the exit side before then."

Neymar has pledged to stay at Paris Saint-Germain for the coming season and try to take the final step in the Champions League with the Ligue 1 giants.

The 28-year-old Brazil forward helped PSG to the final of the 2019-20 competition in Lisbon, where they were edged out by a second-half Kingsley Coman header in a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Neymar insists that near miss has redoubled the determination within Thomas Tuchel's squad to claim Europe's biggest prize.

In an interview with PSG's official club magazine, he pledged to be part of that quest.

"I am staying at PSG next season," Neymar said. "And with the ambition to return to the Champions League final, this time to win it.

"I like this idea of doing everything to leave my name in the history books of my club. If people were doubting the presence of PSG as a great European club, those doubts died in Lisbon.

"We left this city with the feeling of being renewed and confidence in our capacity to win it one day to write an even greater history."

Neymar added: "By returning from Lisbon, in the plane on the way back, we were already excited to see each other again in Paris. I will never forget what we shared with this squad. It has formed a family and I am proud."

Neymar is contracted to PSG until June 2022.

Ever since his world-record €222million move from Barcelona in 2017, he has been frequently linked with a return to Camp Nou or a switch to Barca's bitter rivals Real Madrid.

However, the financial challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic – along with a general sense of chaos around Barca following their 8-2 Champions League quarter-final loss to Bayern – means that talk has fallen relatively silent this close season.

In 2015, Lionel Messi and Barcelona were on top of the world.

Led by Messi - alongside Neymar and Luis Suarez in a devastating 122-goal attack - the Blaugrana claimed their second treble with Champions League success, then making them the first European club to achieve such a feat.

The Club World Cup title followed for Luis Enrique's side, but such supremely high standards were not maintained.

Five years later, the 'MSN' front line has long since been broken up by Neymar's departure - and now Messi intends to follow his former colleague out of Camp Nou.

Barca did not win a single trophy in a 2019-20 campaign that ended in humiliation with the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich that prompted Quique Setien's sacking before Messi's shock transfer request.

Just where has it all gone wrong for one of the world's biggest clubs? We take a look.

JUNE 2015: Barca batter Bianconeri in Berlin

Suarez's 2014 move from Liverpool had been a roaring success for Barca even before they took to the field against Juventus in the Champions League final. Linking up with Messi and Neymar to great effect, an ambitious attacking approach made them arguably even better on the eye than Pep Guardiola's outstanding 2008-09 team.

Then Barca took Juve apart in Berlin with goals from Ivan Rakitic, another new signing, Suarez and Neymar and history was theirs. It appeared Messi and Co could do no wrong.

APRIL 2016: Wobble costs European crown

Barca's serene progress continued into the next season and, heading into April, they had lost just three times in all competitions, in the process becoming world champions for the third time - again a record at that stage.

But the Blaugrana then sensationally lost four of their first five matches in April. Three straight LaLiga defeats did not cost Luis Enrique's men the title, but the Champions League quarter-final second-leg reverse at the hands of Atletico Madrid ended their continental dominance amid a Messi goal drought.

APRIL 2017: Neymar's rescue act proves in vain

It was in the 2016-17 campaign that Luis Enrique's reign came to an end, with news of his impending departure confirmed in early March. Neymar did his utmost to send the coach in style, though, with a heroic performance against future employers Paris Saint-Germain, a dramatic late brace teeing up the remarkable 6-5 aggregate win in the Champions League.

That triumph kept Barca's latest treble bid on track, but it soon faltered. They lost 3-0 at Juve in April and were shut out in the return leg, while rivals Real Madrid marched towards the domestic championship, seeing Luis Enrique bow out in relatively underwhelming fashion.

AUGUST 2017: Selecao superstar stuns the world

Crucially, Luis Enrique was not the only man to depart Camp Nou at the end of the 2016-17 season. Neymar appeared to enjoy his role as the main man in the PSG tie, so the Brazil superstar traded Barcelona for Paris in a stunning €222million move.

The huge fee seemed to burn a hole in the Blaugrana's pocket as the first of several unsuccessful attempts to replace Neymar took them to Germany to buy Ousmane Dembele. Philippe Coutinho followed in January, with the duo struggling for form and/or fitness.

APRIL 2018: Roma remontada ruins campaign

Barca won back the LaLiga title under Ernesto Valverde in 2017-18, also claiming the Copa del Rey, yet their season still ended in disappointment in what would become an extremely concerning theme.

Valverde's outfit won 4-1 at home to Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals to all but seal their progress, only to incredibly go down 3-0 in Italy and crash out, extending Messi's wait for a fifth European triumph by another year.

MAY 2019: Reds inflict humiliating repeat

The next season felt far too familiar for Messi and Barca. In 2015, winning had felt second nature. By 2019, even the most extraordinary of collapses seemed very on-brand.

After failing to bring back Neymar and instead blowing a huge sum on Malcom, yet still easing to LaLiga glory, Barca remarkably again threw away a three-goal advantage in the Champions League. Liverpool overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit in the semis with a 4-0 Anfield success as the Catalan side imploded once more.

FEBRUARY 2020: Abidal at war with Messi

Matters on the field were relatively steady this term prior to January's Supercopa de Espana defeat to Atletico Madrid, with Barca still in control of the league title race. But then Valverde was sacked and sporting director Eric Abidal made the mistake of blaming the squad for not working hard enough.

Messi responded with indignation and a hugely damaging feud was launched via a series of back-and-forth comments and briefings, appearing to publicly place significant strain on the club's relationship with their talisman for the first time.

AUGUST 2020: Bayern loss the breaking point

Relations were still a little rocky between Messi and the board through football's coronavirus-related shutdown, but for all Barca's troubles in recent years, their ability to rely on one of the greatest players in the history of the sport has so often been a saving grace. Messi dragged them past Napoli in the Champions League.

But even a Barcelona lifer like the great number 10 appears to have a breaking point. The 8-2 humbling at the hands of Bayern meant even the departures of Setien and Abidal could not convince Messi to stick around and influence a mammoth rebuild, with Suarez also set to depart.

Lionel Messi, one of the greatest football players of all time, has stunned Barcelona by telling the club he wants to leave. 

The Argentina superstar has spent his entire career at the Catalan giants, but now looks likely to start the 2020-21 campaign with a new club. 

Where Messi goes remains to be seen but any deal for the 33-year-old will rank as one of the most dramatic in the history of sport. 

Here, we look at a selection of other sporting deals that shocked the world. 


Neymar: Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, 2017

The Brazilian had formed a potent attacking trio with Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou but a move to PSG was inevitable when the French side met his world-record buyout clause of €222million. He has played an important role in their continued dominance of domestic football, but has so far been unable to guide them to Champions League glory. He was reduced to tears by his side's 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final last week. 

LeBron James: Cleveland Cavaliers to Miami Heat, 2010

Basketball icon James announced that he would sign with the Miami Heat instead of returning to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a six-time All-Star, James added to the spectacle of the stunning move by announcing it on a special television broadcast called The Decision. He enjoyed four years in Miami, where he won a pair of NBA titles, before returning to the Cavaliers in 2014. 

Tom Brady: New England Patriots to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2020

Few people expected Brady to leave the Patriots after 20 years and six Super Bowl victories. Not only did one of the game's greatest ever quarterbacks leave, but he joined one of the least successful franchises in NFL history. Time will tell if his decision to sign with a highly promising Buccaneers team proves to be a masterstroke. 

Luis Figo: Barcelona to Real Madrid, 2000

Should Messi ever return to Camp Nou as an opposition player it is unlikely he will be on the receiving end of the kind of abuse that greeted Figo. Barca fans threw bottles, lighters and even a pig's head at the Portuguese star when he went back to Camp Nou with Los Blancos in the seasons following his controversial move. 

Wayne Gretzky: Edmonton Oilers to Los Angeles Kings, 1988

In 1988, the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings agreed a deal that shook the NHL to its core. The trade left Canada in disbelief, with a member of the country's parliament even proposing the federal government block the trade or buy Gretzky's contract and sell it to another Canadian team. "The Great One" would go on to enjoy eight successful years in Los Angeles before spells with St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.

Neymar said "losing is part of the sport" as the tearful Paris Saint-Germain star congratulated Bayern Munich on being crowned Champions League winners.

PSG were unable to cap their first Champions League final appearance with silverware following a 1-0 defeat to Bayern in Lisbon on Sunday.

Neymar cut an emotional figure post-match after PSG failed to add a maiden European crown to their domestic sweep of 2019-20 titles in France.

Afterwards, Neymar wrote via Twitter: "Losing is part of the sport, we try everything, we fight until the end.

"Thanks for the support and affection from everyone. Congratulations Bayer [sic]."

Kingsley Coman's second-half header saw Bundesliga champions Bayern emerge triumphant as they claimed their sixth European Cup/Champions League trophy.

It also saw Bayern seal a second treble in eight seasons, with PSG ending their campaign as Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee de Champions holders.

Mbappe – a World Cup champion with France – also took to social media following the showpiece event.

"Disappointed not to end this year with the best of awards, but life is made that way," Mbappe wrote on Twitter. 

"We fought with all our might. Congratulations to Bayern. And a big thank you for your support." 

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted Neymar "cannot do everything" after the star forward failed to score in the Champions League final defeat against Bayern Munich.

Neymar fired a blank as PSG – featuring in their first Champions League decider – lost 1-0 to German giants Bayern in Lisbon on Sunday.

The Brazilian, along with star team-mate Kylian Mbappe, did not score for PSG in the "Final Eight" tournament, failing to find the back of the net in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Neymar's last 14 shots in the Champions League were all unsuccessful, while he lost 47 per cent of the touches he made against Bayern, per Opta.

But Tuchel backed Neymar – who was in tears post-match – and Mbappe, with the duo leading PSG to a domestic sweep of all four titles in France in 2019-20.

"Neymar has had a great tournament, he cannot do everything," the German boss said.

"Mbappe, it's a miracle that he was with us after sustaining a serious [ankle] injury [in July]."

After the match, speculation emerged that Tuchel could be replaced by former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Tuchel has won back-to-back Ligue 1 titles among other honours since arriving in 2018, and the former Borussia Dortmund coach was asked about his future.

"We will see, it is not always the head coach's decision we will talk about all that not only about my contract extension but also about how to rebuild the team," Tuchel told reporters.

"How we can strengthen the squad because we need fresh blood, new, more quality in the side to show that we can maintain this level so that we are not going to drop off.

"We are going to move forward and this is only the start and we haven't reached the top of the mountain yet that's the most important thing as opposed to my contract per se, we can talk about all that once we have built the team and once everyone is on the same page as to the sort of game you want to play."

Tuchel added: "I think of the last two years we have really built a special atmosphere in the camp and without that mood in the camp, without that respect with the players and the atmosphere with both the staff and the players, without all of that day in, day out, naturally you can't win four pieces of silverware and make it into the Champions League final.

"We really need to keep that spirit to maintain that mentality, it is absolutely crucial to do that so that we can continue to forge a strong squad. You need a lot of big characters, big players and that is why we need to once again build another strong powerful side that can really kick on and continue this run.

"It is never easy it takes a lot of effort and that will be the challenge to try and re-discover this spirit and try to kick on from this. That is really our challenge going forward."

Bayern Munich sealed Champions League glory with a tense 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

Kingsley Coman's second-half header proved decisive as Bayern were crowned champions of Europe for the sixth time.

It was an altogether more disappointing evening for PSG in Lisbon as the club's first appearance in the final ended in defeat.

Here we take a look at the key Opta facts from the final.

- Bayern Munich's sixth European Cup/Champions League victory puts them level with Liverpool. Only Real Madrid (13) and Milan (7) have been crowned champions on more occasions.

- Paris Saint-Germain failed to score in a game in a major UEFA European competition for the first time in 35 matches, last failing to do so in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in April 2016.

- Bayern are the first team in European Cup/Champions League history to win every game en route to winning the competition (11 wins).

- Each of the last seven teams competing in their first European Cup/Champions League final have lost, with the last first-time winners being Borussia Dortmund in 1997 against Juventus.

- Bayern are the first team in European Cup/Champions League history to win 11 games in a row in the competition.

- On only four previous occasions has a manager older than Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick (55 years, 181 days) won the Champions League (Raymond Goethals with Marseille in 1993 – 71; Jupp Heynckes with Bayern in 2013 – 68; and Alex Ferguson with Manchester United in 1999 and 2008 – 57 and 66).

- Bayern became just the third side in Champions League history to hit the 500-goal mark in the competition, after Barcelona (517) and Real Madrid (567).

- Bayern attacker Coman became the fifth Frenchman to score in a Champions League final (Karim Benzema 2018; Zinedine Zidane 2002; Marcel Desailly 1994; and Basile Boli 1993).

- PSG's Keylor Navas, formerly of Real Madrid, became just the third goalkeeper to appear in a Champions League final with two different teams, after Jorg Butt (Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen) and Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United and Ajax).

- PSG's Thiago Silva became the first Brazilian to start a European Cup/Champions League final as captain.

Bayern Munich have completed a second treble in eight seasons after Kingsley Coman scored the decisive goal to secure a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday's intense Champions League final.

Hansi Flick's men were second best for periods of the match at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, but Coman made the difference to deny his former club a historic first Champions League title.

His well-placed header ensured Bayern emulated their treble-winning side coached by Jupp Heynckes in the 2012-13 campaign.

Given the exploits of both sides en route to the final, the first half was somewhat lacking the deadly touch many might have expected in the final third, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski all spurning decent chances.

Coman, a PSG academy product, broke the deadlock in the 59th minute and that caused the contest to open up significantly.

But, while the Parisians might feel they were incorrectly denied a penalty in an incident involving Mbappe and Joshua Kimmich, Bayern held on to seal their sixth European crown.

Neymar must find "tranquillity" in front of goal to boost his chances of Champions League glory, according to Brazil great Ronaldo.

The Paris Saint-Germain star has put in a pair of virtuoso displays in Lisbon to propel Thomas Tuchel's side into Sunday's showpiece, where they face the might of treble-chasing Bayern Munich at Estadio da Luz.

The only blot on Neymar's performances has been unusually erratic finishing – something for which one of the finest goalscorers of his generation believes there is a simple solution.

"He has played very well in the last few games, especially in this final phase in Portugal. He has generated and created many goal situations," Ronaldo told a media event in the Portuguese capital.

"But yes, he lacked a bit of calm at the time of concluding the play. He has the ability to score goals, it is clear. He has scored many goals, he has this ability to finish well.

"I think that with a little more luck and tranquillity, in a final, he can find himself with goals.

"He sure has not stopped knowing how to do it."

Neymar has scored 19 goals in 26 appearances across all competitions in 2019-20, despite having his campaign interrupted by hamstring and rib injuries.

The knockout stages may have changed due to unprecedented circumstances, but there will no asterisk next to this season's Champions League winners.

The coronavirus pandemic forced UEFA to relocate teams to Portugal for one-off knockout games rather than the usual two-legged fixtures, with Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich the last teams standing.

When they go head-to-head at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday, Bayern will be aiming to complete a treble and deny PSG a first taste of Champions League success and a quadruple.

With the help of Opta, we look back at their respective campaigns and see how they got to this weekend's showpiece.


Group Stage:

Top spot in Group A was always likely to be determined by the results between PSG and Real Madrid, so the Ligue 1 side scoring their first Champions League victory over the Spanish giants in the opening game and inflicting what was Zinedine Zidane's heaviest defeat at the helm – a 3-0 loss – certainly laid down a marker.

Keylor Navas made 10 saves in the second game at the Santiago Bernabeu and PSG came from two goals down to salvage a draw – the first team to do that to Madrid in the Champions League since Borussia Dortmund in December 2016.

They were the only goals Thomas Tuchel's side let in during the group stage, meaning that, under the current format, only Madrid (three times) have reached the knockout stages while conceding no more than two goals in their six group matches on more occasions than PSG (2019-20 and 2015-16).

Last 16:

Dortmund won the first game 2-1 but they were eliminated from a major European two-legged tie after winning the opening encounter for only the second time in their history, also falling out at the last 16 stage during the 1987-88 UEFA Cup to Club Brugge.

Neymar added to his valuable away goal in the first leg with the opener in the return match behind closed doors at the Parc des Princes prior to the coronavirus-enforced break, and Juan Bernat completed a 3-2 aggregate triumph.


PSG looked set for further Champions League disappointment when they fell behind to Atalanta midfielder Mario Pasalic's wonderful strike. Everything changed in the space of two minutes and 29 seconds, though, as Marquinhos equalised before substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting turned in the winner in second-half stoppage time.

Kylian Mbappe played just 30 minutes off the bench, having been troubled by an ankle injury, and nine of PSG's 16 shots came while he was on the pitch, with no player having more attempts on target than his two.

While his finishing may have been lacking, Neymar also played a starring role. He completed 16 dribbles – the most by a player in a single Champions League game since Lionel Messi against Manchester United in April 2008 – had 113 touches, created four chances for his team-mates, contested 33 duels and drew nine fouls.


PSG's wait for a spot in the final for the first time ended as they beat RB Leipzig 3-0 in their 110th game in the competition – the most played by a side before reaching their maiden showpiece, surpassing Arsenal's record of 90 between 1971 and 2006.

Angel Di Maria scored one and assisted two against Leipzig. Since his Champions League debut on September 18, 2007, only Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (32 each) have provided more assists in the competition than the Argentinian (27).

By setting up Di Maria for PSG's second, Neymar made it 59 goal involvements in 59 Champions League appearances (35 goals, 24 assists), including 23 in 19 outings for PSG (14 goals, nine assists).


Group stage:

History was made by Bayern as they racked up a maximum 18 points and a goal difference of +19 – the best performance by a team in the Champions League group stage.

Robert Lewandowski scored 10 goals in the process, a tally only bettered by Ronaldo for Madrid in 2015-16 (11 goals).

The highlight of their group-stage campaign came in the form of a 7-2 thumping of Tottenham in north London, which was the biggest home defeat of any English side in European competition. Serge Gnabry scored four and set up one for Lewandowski as Bayern showed they were going to take some serious stopping.

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The coronavirus pandemic meant over five months passed between the first and second leg, but the tie was effectively over after Bayern romped to a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the opening encounter.

A 4-1 triumph at the Allianz Arena followed, with Lewandowski directly involved in all seven of Bayern's goals (three scored, four assisted). He consequently became the first player to register at least three goals and three assists against an opponent in a season since Luis Figo against Roma in 2004-05.


The ruthless streak Bayern showed against Tottenham returned as they humiliated Barcelona 8-2 at the Estadio da Luz.

Hansi Flick's side became the first team in Champions League history to scored eight goals in a knockout match, and the first in Europe's premier club competition since Madrid defeated Wacker Innsbruck 9-1 in the last 16 in 1990-91.

It was the first time Barca had conceded eight goals in a match since 1946 and by getting two of them, Thomas Muller took his tally against the Catalan giants in the Champions League to six – more than any other player has scored against them in the competition's history.


Bayern made it 10 consecutive Champions League wins with a 3-0 triumph over Lyon, equalling the longest victorious streak by a team in the competition's history (achieved by Madrid in 2015 and in 2013).

The Germans took their tally for the tournament to 42 goals – just three shy of Barca's record of 45 set in 1999-2000, when they played 16 games – and Lewandowski was on target for a ninth straight Champions League match, becoming only the second player in the competition's history to net 15 goals in a single campaign.

A hat-trick in the final would see him surpass Ronaldo's all-time record.

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