Bayern Munich FC won its 6th UEFA Champions League, thanks to the 1-0 victory againt Paris Saint Germain in the final. For Bayern it is the prize of absolute domination: no one had ever managed to win all the Champions League matches, from the first of the group to the last.
The concluding act of this interminable soccer season crowns Hans-Dieter Flick, the manager who made a great work after Kovac's exoneration and restored security to a team in an identity crisis, such as did in the past Jupp Heynckes, the last one to hoist the Bavarians on the roof of Europe.
The final has Kingsley Coman and Manuel Neuer's as main protagonists: in the end, they make the difference. Bayern's departure is what you expect: aggressive, a red wave that hits the Parisian defense as soon as it tries to set it from below.
It is not difficult to imagine, however, what is the first commandment to follow for a team that can unleash Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappé in the open field: retrieve the ball as far forward as possible and operate the three monsters with the precision of the feet of Herrera and Paredes.
And the Parisians succeed more and more often as the minutes pass: Neymar is the first to call Neuer to the classic hockey goalie save, but Di Maria and Mbappé also have important chances before the break.
The key of the final
The 21-years-old phenomenon with seven on his shoulders, however, strangely is not in the evening and wastes with two weak shots.
On the other hand, Bayern are enlightened in midfield by Thiago Alcantara's class, but in attack they combine less than usual: a couple of flames from Coman (preferred to Perisic) and as many chances for Lewandowski. The defensive solidity of PSG has the face of the eternal Thiago Silva, one to whom the long break has benefited a lot.
Experience counts, just look on the opposite front how much effort the Davies moped makes, which he had so enchanted against Barça and Lyon. Who never trembles, on the other hand, is Kimmich, one who directed the Bundesliga towards Monaco by making a spoon from outside the box in Dortmund: it is he, in the 59th minute, who draws the perfect cross for Coman's head, free to score the 1-0 after entering from the left and taking position in the small area.
The goal is a blow that the Parisians are struggling to absorb, Kimpembe and Thiago Silva have to overcome twice when Keylor Navas is beaten, but there is time to react. And it takes a super Neuer again to deny Marquinhos equal.
The last thrill is Neymar's right-footed shot just out in the 92nd minute, then the refree Orsato whistles and the Bavarian Triple becomes reality: Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League. "Mia san mia" is Bayern's motto. We are us. And like them, today, there is no one.