The winger, who began his career in Paris, scored the sole goal of the sport in Lisbon because the German champions edged out their French counterparts.
When Kingsley Coman stepped off the bench to form his Paris Saint-Germain debut in February 2013. Some may have believed they were witnessing the emergence of a player could help lead the French outfit to the success they craved.
A member of the Parisiens’ academy since the age of eight. Coman became the club’s youngest ever player when replacing Marco Verratti against Sochaux. A possible symbol that, despite the cash of Qatar Sports Investment (QSI), there would still be a commitment to giving youth an opportunity at Parc des Princes.
Coman, though, made just two further league appearances for PSG before departing for Juventus within the summer of 2014.
Six Years Later…
Fast-forward six years, and the Ligue 1 champions found themselves on the cusp of validating the large financial outlay. It has defined them since the arrival of president Nasser Al-Khelaifi as they emerged for the club’s first-ever Champions League final in Lisbon.
They had not counted on Coman being there to pour cold water everywhere their continental dreams.
Paris born and bred, it absolutely was Coman who ghosted in at the near post. Joshua Kimmich’s gorgeous floated cross past Keylor Navas to secure a sixth European Cup for Bayern Munich.
It also completes a treble-winning campaign for the Bundesliga champions. It scarcely seemed feasible when Hansi Flick took over the managerial reins in November.
Flick has done little if anything wrong since replacing Niko Kovac within the Allianz Arena dugout. He decided to start out Coman. Nicknamed ‘The King’ round the Bayern training ground – before Ivan Perisic was yet one more call that paid massive dividends.
The Crisis and The Win
The World Cup winner has struggled throughout his time in Bavaria with injuries. This season’s 38 appearances altogether competitions are the foremost he has managed. It was during a single season since arriving at Bayern in 2015. Along with his struggles, leading the club to deliver €49 million (£45m/$55m) to sign Leroy Sane. So to ensure a more consistent attacking threat is accessible on the left-hand side of their attack going forward.
But if the 24-year-old is getting ready to face a battle to prove he remains viable. Long-term option for Flick, then he couldn’t have made an improved start.
Despite PSG matching them throughout within the Portuguese capital, it can not be said that Bayern hasn’t deserved their title. They need to win every Champions League match they need played this season. The primary team to try and do that within the history of the tournament. They tore apart Tottenham, Chelsea, Barcelona and Lyon along the way.
Many would have expected Robert Lewandowski to be the goalscoring hero after a season that has seen him score 55 goals in 47 matches. The Poland international was twice denied within the half – once by the post and once by Navas.
At the opposite end, the sole player who could arguably challenge Lewandowski for the title of ‘Probable Ballon d’Or winner 2020’, Neymar. He missed his own golden opportunity timely as Manuel Neuer spread himself to deny the Brazil superstar.
Neymar PSG vs Bayern Munich Champions League final 2019-20
Neymar, of course, is simply one-half PSG’s golden attacking duo, and when Kylian Mbappe looks back on this final. He will do so rueing his weak effort from around 12 yards out when unmarked within the box.
Neuer was ready to save that one with ease. The revitalized goalkeeper again had to be at his best as PSG chased the sport following Coman’s opener, with Marquinhos and Mbappe denied by the person Bayern fans have dubbed ‘The Wall’.
The ex-Schalke shot-stopper wouldn’t be beaten, and Bayern’s celebrations at full-time were in stark contrast to a tearful Neymar. He needed to be consoled by David Alaba for minutes, so upset was the world’s most costly player.
Questions are asked of where this leaves Thomas Tuchel’s side three years on from their €400m splurge on Neymar and Mbappe. There’s little doubt that a variety of their demons are put to bed during this strangest of European campaigns.
With few if any of Europe’s major clubs able to afford to sign either of the potent pair in an exceedingly post-coronavirus market. They’ll be back to try to to it all again next season. Though this seems like their best opportunity missed. The newly-found belief will likely hold them in good stead in 2020-21.
This, though, was an evening that belonged to Bayern. an evening that belonged to Kingsley Coman. The Parisian who came back to haunt PSG.
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