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.

Jerome Boateng was forced off with an injury midway through the first half or the Champions League final.

Bayern Munich's centre-back went off at half-time with a muscular problem during the semi-final win over Lyon, but started against Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday's showpiece after passing a late fitness test.

However, the 31-year-old managed just 25 minutes before succumbing to an apparent recurrence of the injury he sustained in Bayern's previous outing.

Niklas Sule, who himself has endured an injury-hit campaign, came on as Boateng's replacement, as he did against Lyon.

The change is the earliest a substitution has had to be made in a Champions League final since 2014, when Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa was withdrawn in the ninth minute.

Prior to Boateng's substitution, Neymar had forced a fine double save from Manuel Neuer, while Robert Lewandowski hit the post at the other end of a first half that ended goalless.

Keylor Navas returned but Marco Verratti was left out of the Paris Saint-Germain line-up for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, who benched Ivan Perisic for Kinglsey Coman.

After sitting out the semi-final against RB Leipzig with a hamstring injury sustained in the prior round against Atalanta, Navas was deemed fit enough to take his place in goal back from Sergio Rico.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said in his pre-match news conference Verratti was in contention to start but would not be able to play 90 or 120 minutes due to the calf problem with which he has been struggling.

The Italy international was subsequently named among the substitutes, with Ander Herrera, Marquinhos and Leandro Paredes in midfield for the Ligue 1 champions.

Bayern likewise made no changes to midfield, with Thiago Alcantara keeping his place as Joshua Kimmich continued at right-back, Benjamin Pavard fit enough only for the bench after battling a metatarsal ligament injury.

Hansi Flick opted to bring in former PSG winger Coman for Perisic, though, despite the France international having not started the quarter-final or semi-final wins over Barcelona and Lyon.

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.

Paris Saint-Germain will struggle to cope with Bayern Munich's intensity across the entirety of the Champions League final, says Martin Demichelis.

Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal champions Bayern will attempt to complete the treble at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday, while PSG have the chance to seal an unprecedented quadruple.

The Bavarian giants have won their past 20 games in all competitions and have scored 42 goals in their 10 Champions League matches this season, three shy of the record set in 1999-2000 by Barcelona, who played 16 games.

Demichelis, who won four Bundesliga titles with Bayern as a player and now coaches their Under-19 team, acknowledged Hansi Flick's attacking tactics could lead to chances for PSG's pacey forwards Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

However, the former defender believes Bayern's high press will prove too much to handle for the Ligue 1 champions, as it has for most teams they have faced this season.

"Bayern are not going to modify their structure and way of playing because they have gone through difficult parts in different games," Demichelis told Ole.

"The risk they take, even defending with a high line, it is clear it gives returns because they are nearly the highest-scoring team in Champions League history.

"It was well demonstrated these risks can be detrimental to them at some stage of the match, as was the case in the first few minutes against Lyon, but Bayern don't change the way they play.

"This time they play against PSG knowing that Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria are quality players and very fast, but Bayern will go out to play the same way.

"To cope with the intensity Bayern exerts across every line over 90 minutes is practically impossible for opponents. In general, I see Bayern as stronger than Paris."

Demichelis highlighted that Alphonso Davies and David Alaba are by no means slow in Bayern's backline, while goalkeeper Manuel Neuer provides a formidable last line of defence.

"Bayern can allow themselves to press high because of the speed they have at full-back. Alaba has reinvented himself as a centre-back and is very fast," said Demichelis.

"[Jerome] Boateng may not have the speed of previous years, but he does have a mental speed due to experience and the great career he's had."

He added: "Surely they [PSG] will have some chances but there is also Manuel in the box and he's proved to be very good physically and in strong form.

"I hope Paris doesn't get those chances, but because of the way both teams play and the quality of the players in Paris' attack, they will have some.

"It's impossible for defenders to always do everything right."

Benjamin Pavard moved to explain himself after criticism of his comment that Bayern Munich "don't have to be afraid" of Paris Saint-Germain.

Bayern and PSG will meet in the Champions League final at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday, with Pavard in contention to start for the first time in Portugal after sustaining an ankle injury in training last month.

After Hansi Flick's side overcame Lyon in the semi-finals, the World Cup-winning defender declared they held no fear of any team.

Frenchman Pavard's remarks sparked a strong reaction, but he clarified his feeling that you cannot worry about any opponent in a game like the Champions League final.

"Paris are a great team, very complete in all positions. They did a really good job, with very good signings," Pavard told RMC Sport.

"In my head, in a final, if you're afraid of playing a final against PSG, Real Madrid or whoever, you might as well stay at home.

"People are free to think what they want. We have a final to prepare for."

Bayern have won their past 20 matches across all competitions and thrashed Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals.

"[There is calmness] regarding our results, our way of playing, the coach, I think. There is a very good atmosphere in the team," said Pavard.

"Getting there and losing in the final, I don't imagine it at all. I hope to lift the trophy with the whole team.

"I'm very happy to be in the final, but if it's to lose it, I won't. It's useless."

Javier Pastore believes Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain will approach future seasons with new levels of confidence because they have "reached the ultimate level".

PSG face Bayern Munich in Lisbon on Sunday in their first ever Champions League title match.

The Ligue 1 giants overturned deficits to knock out Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta before easing past RB Leipzig in the last four.

Roma midfielder Pastore, who represented PSG for seven seasons following Qatar Sports Investments' 2011 takeover, is confident the club's repeated disappointments in the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition are behind them.

And even if favourites Bayern prove too strong for Neymar and co, Pastore believes the club as a whole will take great confidence from their run to the final.

"With this final, Paris have taken another step," he told L'Equipe.

"PSG have initiated a completely new project. Reaching the final when the project is not even 10 years old, it's magnificent.

"Winning it would be the ultimate reward but, if things go wrong against Bayern, it will remain a great achievement in any case.

"Paris will approach the next few years in a different way. They have reached the ultimate level. It will bring enormous confidence to the current players, as well as to those of tomorrow."

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.

Last 16:

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.

Real Madrid great Ronaldo believes the LaLiga champions should sign Kylian Mbappe ahead of Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar.

Mbappe has been tipped to make the move to Madrid at some stage in his career, with Los Blancos reportedly eyeing a 2021 transfer.

Former Barcelona forward Neymar – who joined PSG in a world-record €222million deal in 2017 – has also been linked to Madrid previously.

But Brazilian legend Ronaldo, a LaLiga winner with Madrid in 2002-03, prefers France's Mbappe over countryman Neymar due to age.

"Right now, it is not that one is better than another, but if Real Madrid had to make a big investment, they should do so thinking about the future," Ronaldo said during a webinar hosted by Santander.

"Neymar is 28 years old and Mbappe is 22.

"As an investment, it would be more logical to bring the younger [of the two]."

Mbappe and Neymar are preparing for Sunday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Lisbon.

French powerhouse PSG will feature in their first Champions League decider, having dominated domestically.

Neymar – who won the 2015 Champions League with Barca – and PSG have already claimed Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions in 2019-20.

"He needs to win the Champions League to complete his season," Ronaldo said of Neymar.

"He has played very well in the last few games, especially in this final phase in Portugal.

"He has created many scoring chances, but he has lacked calmness to finish off moves. With luck and calmness, he can find himself scoring in the final."

Kylian Mbappe said he joined Paris Saint-Germain to make history by winning the Champions League on the eve of the final against Bayern Munich.

PSG – who defeated RB Leipzig in the last four to reach their first Champions League final – go head-to-head with Bundesliga giants Bayern in Lisbon on Sunday.

Mbappe reached the semi-finals with Monaco in 2017, before making a big-money move to PSG.

The 21-year-old has looked sharp since recovering from an ankle injury and is determined to ensure PSG win the biggest club competition in Europe for the first time this weekend.

"This is exactly the reason I am here," Mbappe told a news conference on Saturday. "I always said I wanted to write the history of French football. I have another opportunity to do that tomorrow.

"When I arrived in 2017, PSG had difficulties, now we're in the final. It shows we never gave up and it will be an amazing thing for a French team to win the Champions League. It's why I signed.

"I have always dreamed of facing the best players. You want to face and beat the best. We need to play as we always do. We hope to go back to Paris with the cup. It's the biggest club competition.

"Obviously it's quite hard to play behind closed doors. We would have wanted the fans here but we know they will be supporting us. It's still a Champions League final. It is a very special year."

Mbappe, who says he is in a relaxed mood ahead of Sunday's showdown, also confirmed he has fully recovered from the injury he sustained in the Coupe de France final last month.

"I feel even better the more days that pass. I'm good," he said.

"I think the games have helped me prepare for the final. Munich are a great team but every team has flaws. We know they don't like to change the game. We look forward to playing tomorrow."

Thomas Tuchel's position as PSG's coach has been under scrutiny at times this season, but Mbappe believes the club's run to the final has validated the work of the former Borussia Dortmund boss.

"Yes, of course. Completely, the players are supporting the coach," Mbappe said when asked if PSG's squad were behind Tuchel.

"I heard myself, and I know a lot of people were hearing things about the coach, about him not being able to manage the stars.

"Honestly I think he's doing the best season in the club's season. We are in the Champions League final. He really pushed us and we are in a good state of mind.

"There were some exceptions during the season, it can happen in every team, but we really trust him and we will play for him."

Marco Verratti is fit enough to start the Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, but Keylor Navas remains a doubt.

A calf injury meant Verratti travelled to Portugal later than the rest of his team-mates and missed the quarter-final victory over Atalanta, during which goalkeeper Navas sustained a hamstring injury.

While Navas and Idrissa Gueye sat out the semi-final triumph against RB Leipzig, Italy midfielder Verratti was sent on for the final seven minutes with PSG already leading 3-0.

Barring any incidents in training on Saturday, Verratti will be in Thomas Tuchel's thoughts for the starting line-up against Bayern at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday.

However, Navas' availability hinges on how he performs in that session.

"Marco and Idrissa have trained with us since the Leipzig match. No issues at all. They will be involved in the entire training session, so they are available," said Tuchel.

"Keylor Navas is a different case. He will try to train normally today, it'll be the first time he's trained. It'll be a yes or no decision, it's black and white on that. We will see after training."

Asked if Verratti was too much of a risk for the starting XI, Tuchel said: "Well, he was hit. It wasn't a muscle injury. The risk isn't great. If he is comfortable, if he is not in pain, it is different.

"It's the same as Kylian [Mbappe]. Will he [Verratti] have the best ability to play 120 minutes? Obviously not. The question is, 'Is he ready to play?'

"If nothing happens today in training, the answer is yes. Then we will decide tomorrow whether he will start or not.

"If he is part of the group today during training, feeling good, he will be able to play tomorrow.

"Obviously he won't be able to play 90-120 minutes, especially in midfield where we expect a lot of intensity. We will see if he can start or end it for us."

Bayern have been triumphant in all of their 10 Champions League games this season and are on a 20-game winning streak in all competitions.

Hansi Flick's side have scored 42 goals in the competition – three fewer than the all-time record set by Barcelona from 16 games in 1999-2000 – but Tuchel is not planning massive changes to PSG's approach.

"We always respect the opponents. It's important to share information and details to my team, to give some solutions," said Tuchel.

"We will do what we did in the past for every Champions League game, as well as in Ligue 1. Bayern have won their past 20 games. They are so strong with all of their individual qualities. They are very intense. They want to play, but there are always spaces to be found.

"It is so important to find a good mix between playing freely, being confident, and finding key situations and key spaces, and you can only do so if you are free-minded.

"This is why we won't be adapting too much. In the end, it is not a game to change a lot of things. Maybe one or two positions, that's it."

Kylian Mbappe is turning heads in the manner of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and can drive Paris Saint-Germain to Champions League glory, according to PSG great Pauleta.

The 21-year-old Mbappe is already a World Cup winner and, after a domestic treble this season, he and the Parisians are within reach of a landmark success in Europe.

Pauleta, who is proud his native Portugal has put on such an impressive show after the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final were moved to Lisbon, is also beaming at the prospect of a PSG triumph.

Sunday's final against Bayern Munich is "a 50-50 game", according to Pauleta, who scored 109 goals in 2011 games for PSG from 2003 to 2008, in an era before Qatari investment transformed the club.

Mbappe is one player who could make the difference in UEFA's showpiece game, and Pauleta even likened the striker's appeal to that of French great Zinedine Zidane, now boss of Real Madrid.

"He is hugely skilled technically, he's incredibly fast, physically he's amazing," Pauleta told Stats Perform News.

"He's a player that everybody admires, like Zidane, we all loved him, like Messi, like Cristiano. He's among these kind of players.

"You watch the game on TV to see what he's going to do. You know that he's going to do something that will leave you dumbstruck.

"I admire him a lot, he's a humble person but I think he will have a tremendous career. He already has an opportunity to win the two biggest competitions in the world, the World Cup and the Champions League. I hope he'll win it."

Pauleta insisted, however, that it would not just be about Mbappe when the champions of France and Germany meet in the Estadio da Luz.

"Bayern has a team with tremendous quality, physically they're very strong, but honestly when I look at PSG, that squad and the chemistry of that squad, I think everything is possible," Pauleta said.

"It's a 50-50 game but I believe a lot in PSG, I see a team very united, a good atmosphere and sometimes it makes the difference.

"Of course, we know that Bayern has players with great qualities and a great spirit, German football is always mentally strong. But I believe that PSG will play a great game and beat Bayern."

PSG have never won the Champions League, although they triumphed in the 1995-96 European Cup Winners' Cup, and Pauleta sees taking that next step as crucial to fulfilling the club's ambitions.

"You can have all the players, you can have all the money, but in the end, it's about the title you win," the 47-year-old said.

"They all know that, the chairman, the club, the players. They have a big opportunity to get that title. Paris have been looking for that trophy for 50 years and I hope it will happen on Sunday."

Whether or not his old team carry off the trophy, Pauleta will savour the moment of Portugal staging another major football final.

"It is very important for us in Portugal to have such an important competition like Champions League," he said. "Especially during such tough times for everybody in the world because of the virus.

"We're a small country but because of the work of the football federation and its president, we can have such an important tournament in Portugal and that final on Sunday.

"It's very important for the country and the Portuguese people. On top of that, having that final for me is very important, having my club of heart, PSG, and I hope everything will end well for the Champions League and for PSG."

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick will make a late call on whether to select Jerome Boateng for Sunday's Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Boateng was substituted at half-time during Wednesday's 3-0 semi-final victory against Lyon due to "muscular problems".

The 31-year-old central defender took part in Bayern's Saturday training session at Estadio da Luz and Flick will make an assessment of his condition before selecting his XI.

"I am a coach who waits until the final practice session and then talks it through with his staff and thinks about the way it could be tomorrow," said Flick, who sent on Niklas Sule to partner David Alaba for the second 45 minutes against PSG's Ligue 1 counterparts.

"That's what we're going to do. We hope Jerome is fit and passes the test.

"After [training] I will sit with my coaches and discuss which personnel we are going to use."

Benjamin Pavard returned to action from the bench during the Lyon match, although Flick conceded it was unlikely the France defender would be called upon to play 90 minutes having recently recovered from an ankle injury.

"First of all, I'm very happy that Benjamin Pavard has made it to Portugal, so that's testament to the work of the medical staff," said the Bayern boss at his pre-match news conference.

"He played an outstanding season and is really important to the team with his standing and presence. So, he is an option for us.

"But I also know that I don't really trust 100 per cent that he can play from the beginning. But we'll make a test, the same as Jerome Boateng, to see if he is back to 100 per cent."

It means Joshua Kimmich is likely to continue at right-back, leaving Leon Goretzka and Thiago Alcantara in central midfield.

Kimmich paid a warm tribute to Flick, who transformed Bayern's season after succeeding Niko Kovac in November, leaving them a game away from repeating the historic treble of 2012-13.

"He managed to get through to the team really quickly. He's somebody who gives every player and every staff member the feeling that they are appreciated," the Germany international told reporters.

"He has really good communication towards every player and we have a clear plan that we stick to.

"The human side of things is very special – we're not just players that he uses for his system, he sees the person behind it, and we realise that."

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will not persuade Bayern Munich to abandon their natural attacking instincts in the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Bundesliga champions Bayern have been in rampant form since arriving in Lisbon and booked their place in Sunday's showpiece with a 3-0 win over PSG's Ligue 1 counterparts Lyon, having sensationally demolished Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals.

Despite those resounding victories, Bayern's high defensive line frequently appeared vulnerable to pacey attacks – a factor a PSG forward line boasting Neymar, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria is expected to place under the microscope.

Nevertheless, head coach Hansi Flick told a pre-match news conference that Sunday's showdown at Estadio da Luz was no time to deviate from a formula that has propelled the Bavarian giants to 20 consecutive wins in all competitions.

"I think it's one of our trademarks that we play up high and defend up high. By doing this, we don't give space to our opponents," Flick said.

"Obviously, behind our back four there's lots of space but it's very important that we get pressure on the ball.

"Normally, if a ball is played in [behind] then we have to run with our opponent. We have looked at the games against Lyon and Barcelona.

"If you compare both games, Paris are a team who have enormous quality, the same as Barcelona. Lyon are a team who play very direct on their attacks and try to finish their attacks quickly, sometimes with long balls.

"It's important that we close down the passing lanes and don't leave any space open. We know Paris have a lot of speed. They're a great team with outstanding players

"This is going to be an interesting match, but I think in the past 10 months we have stuck to our philosophy. We have pressed the opponent high and that was the secret to our success. We won't change too much there."

Joshua Kimmich is expected to start at right-back and could find himself in frequent confrontations with Neymar and Mbappe as a result.

Nevertheless, the versatile Germany international is of a similar mind to his coach.

"Against Leipzig, Mbappe played up front and Neymar to the left but they have speed everywhere in their offence, so we have to really be careful – perhaps even more so than in the other games," Kimmich told reporters.

"But I don't think that we should just sit back the whole game."

Bayern great Franz Beckenbauer believes PSG are a team without a significant weakness – something with which Flick concurs, and he feels the defensive resilience of Thomas Tuchel's star-studded side might have been underplayed.

"Well, he's absolutely right – it's a top team," he said. "They have lots of speed on the pitch – very experienced players, lots of top players, especially up front but also in defence, with Thiago Silva, for example, one of the best centre-backs of the past years.

"In the Champions League they only conceded five goals, this is the best defence of the Champions League. The defence, as well of the offence, works.

"We have a plan ourselves. I hope it works out and we can play according to the plan. We're looking forward to it. We can only win this game if we are all at 100 per cent."

Paris Saint-Germain are trailing Atalanta 1-0, but Neymar, in a way, is winning.

For the first time since 2017 and that earth-shattering €222million move from Barcelona, PSG are in a Champions League knockout match where you can honestly say their destiny lies at the Brazilian's feet.

Everything is going through him. His shots aren't finding their target, the nerves are looking a little frayed, but still they get the ball to Neymar at every opportunity.

By the end of the match, he will have had 117 touches of the ball, nearly double the tally of anyone else on the pitch; contested 33 duels, 16 more than any other player; attempted 49 passes in the Atalanta half, more than Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Pablo Sarabia, Julian Draxler and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting combined; completed 16 dribbles, the most in a Champions League knockout match since 2008; created four chances, and forced both goals.

Dazzling at times, frustrating at others, this performance reminded us - if we needed to be - that Neymar has the talent to bring any match under his spell. He can swing the scoreline in his side's favour even when his name is not on it. He can be kicked across the pitch and still apply the perfect touch at the perfect time, whether that is the weighted pass to Mbappe to set up Choupo-Moting's winner against Atalanta or the astonishing flick to Angel Di Maria for PSG's second in the semi-final victory over RB Leipzig.

Such authority over a football match is a rare quality. It's something Lionel Messi has had at Barcelona, and why his was the name sung loudest after the famous 6-1 'remontada' against PSG three years ago, even though Neymar scored two and set up the winner. PSG saw it in Messi's understudy; it's why they obliterated the world transfer record to bring him to Paris in their quest for the Champions League trophy. At last, it looks like he can deliver it.

He is one of the few PSG players with Champions League pedigree, of course: he won it back in 2015, scoring Barca's third against Juventus in the final. Di Maria and Keylor Navas are the only other members of PSG's squad in Portugal to have lifted the trophy, and the latter could miss Sunday's showdown with Bayern Munich through injury.

If Neymar does find his shooting boots again, he will be just the third player, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic, to score in the final for two different teams. His tally for PSG stands at 14 goals and nine assists in 19 matches in the competition, while his all-time record shows he has been involved in 59 goals (35 scored, 24 assisted) in 50 Champions League appearances.

It's a record any player would be proud of, but Neymar is not just any player. He is the nine-figure poster boy of Qatar's PSG project, the star signed to win the biggest prize but who has missed crucial knockout games against Real Madrid and Manchester United with injury, been booed by his own fans and accused of putting sponsor events and sibling birthday parties above his day job.

His agent, Wagner Ribeiro, admitted to Placar this week that Neymar previously really had wanted to go back to Spain, to Barca or Real Madrid, but "not today - you can see how happy he is". He certainly seems so compared to Messi, who looked shrouded in his own cloud of doom as he ambled through Barca's 8-2 evisceration by Bayern.

It's hard to see Neymar ever being considered an unqualified success at PSG, and nor should he be. This is their first Champions League final since QSI took over in 2011, and just the second in the club's history. Even if PSG do win - and Bayern are certainly favourites - the reaction will still centre on why one of football's most illustrious projects has taken so long to land the most coveted trophy.

But victory in Lisbon would redeem Neymar in the eyes of some hitherto-unconvinced fans. It would vindicate PSG's €222m gamble (in their own eyes, at least) and Neymar's decision to chase a legacy away from Messi's shadow. It might even bring about the Ballon d'Or when the trophy returns in 2021.

It's remarkable pressure on one man in one game, but you feel as though Neymar can handle it. At last, he is the go-to player in the biggest game in PSG history, and a man comfortable in his surroundings. To quote Ribeiro, Neymar is: "Living in the 'City of Light', where everyone wants to go for a stroll, enjoying French cuisine, living in a beautiful house, friends and family nearby, playing for one of the best clubs with everything a person could need or like..."

Perhaps he's won already.

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