After a year with several ups and downs, the football season concluded with the Champions League final in Lisbon. Bayern Munich was victorious and defeated Paris Saint-Germain (1×0), conquering their 6th title in the competition.
A single goal from Kingsley Coman, following a pass from Joshua Kimmich in the second half, was enough for the Bavarians to lift the cup. Manuel Neuer, with several key saves, was the man of the match in the final in Lisbon.
Bayern Munich, who had already topped the Bundesliga table and won the German Cup, achieved the treble for the first time since 2013. They also won all their games throughout the competition, a new record.
The Champions League title consolidated the work of Hansi Flick, who took over Niko Kovac in November. The manager has since then established a strong team, who has been dominating on all fronts.
Robert Lewandowski with 15 goals scored in the competition finishes as top scorer. The Polish forward scored 55 this season (34 in the league and 6 in the cup) and makes a case for winning all the individual awards for best player in 2020.
The Ballon D’Or was canceled but if France Football comes back on their decision, Robert is definitely a favorite.
A season to remember
Bayern did not start their season in the best form possible, with Niko Kovac being fired, leaving the team in the 5th place of Bundesliga. Hansi Flick was called as interim manager, but the former Bavarian player soon took the full time job following a series of confident results.
The German side, who had already destroyed Tottenham in the group stages, walked through their opponents in the Champions League with ease. As example, the quarterfinal single leg match to remember against Barcelona.
Their 8×2 victory caused such a riot that Quique Setien was immediately fired and replaced by Ronald Koeman the next day.
To make matters worse for Barcelona, they are obligated to pay $5M for Phillipe Coutinho to Liverpool due to a clause in the contract that stipulated a prize in case of a Champions League victory. Well, Coutinho won the Champions League indeed… while on loan to Bayern Munich. Auch!
It was the first time since 2007 that there were no La Liga teams in the semifinals of the competition.