Yes, you heard that right. FC Bayern are the second team in the history of football to achieve this feat. The other club, FC Barcelona were thrashed by Bayern on their Quarter-final clash with humiliation to Barca as they lost 8-2. If you haven’t read our post on this happening, please do check out!
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FC Bayern Munich winning the treble back in the 2012-13 season with Arjen Robben’s last-minute stunner against their rivals BVB Dortmund. Winning the treble again in the 2019-20 season makes them the first club from Germany to do so (Double Treble).
A Treble is an adorable object for any club. A club’s treble win is only complete when they achieve 3 trophies in a single season. A club will be a treble winner only if it wins the UEFA Champions League, the domestic league, and the domestic cup at the same time in one season. It is quite difficult to win 3 trophies in a single season. For which any club needs to play well throughout the season. A single mistake can destroy the dream of Treble. Bayern this season haven’t made a mistake since the arrival of their Mastermind, Hans-Dieter Flick, and achieved their Double treble.
The most in-form team Bayern Munich with the likes of Lewandowski, Muller, Gnabry, and co have gelled well since the restart and are capable of winning the treble (Bundesliga + DFB Pokal + UCL) this season. If they win the cup, this will be their first since the 2012-13 season. Only FC Barcelona has won 2 trebles and they stand in Bayern’s way to achieve what they deserve.As stated here
What happened in the Finals??
When the match started at 12.30 AM IST, little did we know what would happen? Honestly, every single football fan in the world expected Robert Lewandowski or Kylian Mbappe or Neymar Jr to be on the scoresheet but the match didn’t go as expected. With both the sides winning their domestic league ( Bundesliga and Ligue 1), domestic cup ( DFB-Pokal and Coupe de France), they were aiming at a treble and PSG would have been the 8th club to achieve this. Bayern started off with the aim to achieve Double Treble.
The first real chance of the game came in the 17th minute when Neymar Jr was having the ball and Manuer Neuer infront of him. It would have been an easy goal with the prowess of Neymar but this wasn’t the night. Neuer, the GOATkeeper, with his usual technique stopped the ball from moving past him. This was one of the brilliant saves in the UCL finals history.
Five minutes later, a beautiful cross to Lewandowski saw him turning and twisting just to hit the woodwork. So unlucky was Rl9 yesterday, that would have been a sensational goal, that too in the finals. This would have confirmed their double treble. A minute later, at the 23rd minute, the ball was on the other side of the court and once again it was the Bayern captain who denied a shot on target from Angel Di Maria.
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Around the half-hour mark, a sensational cross came in from nowhere and it was Lewandowski again who made another attempt but went straight to the 3 times UCL winner Keylor Navas. At the 45th minute, a costly miss from David Alaba, the CB, saw yet another miss from the forwards Mbappe and Di Maria. The referee blows the whistle and both the teams went to their dugouts in no goal first half.
The second half saw both the teams rushing with full aggression to make a mark on the finals. The game got heated up with Serge Gnabry getting a yellow card at the 52nd minute after continuously pressing Neymar. At the 59th minute, things went on Bayern’s way. A beautiful cross from Joshua Kimmich and Coman got in front of Kehrer to brilliantly direct an angled header away from Navas into the bottom-right corner. This goal assured Bayern of the Double Treble achievement they aimed for.
Two minutes later, another chance opened up for Bayern. This time a cross from Coman was denied by Kimpembe which would otherwise be a stunner from Lewandowski. PSG players started to get frustrated as they did not get into the scoresheet with so many tries getting wasted. One would not even imagine Mbappe not striking the goal from this angle, but due to the pressure of the finals, he couldn’t.
Both sides made substitutions at regular intervals and the match was heading to a close. PSG’s striker Di Maria was replaced by Choupo-Moting who scored a truly massive goal late on in the quarter-finals. The same timeline repeated in the extra time with Neymar curling the shot just wide of the target. Their last chance to score went in vain.
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Tears of joy and Emotion!
As the final whistle was blown, all the Bayern players gathered and broke out on the audience less stadium.”Double Treble”. David Alaba consoled Neymar for a brief five minutes as the Brazilian couldn’t have a hand on the trophy. This gesture showed how humane he was even to his opponent.
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PSG looked to the two great superstars Neymar and Mbappe to spearhead their assault on the trophy they crave most after such lavish investment – but they were unable to break down the Bayern Munich barrier. Bayern’s status as European champion has been to win every game of the tournament this season, not only to defeat Barcelona 8–2 in the quarter-finals and PSG’s ability to put up such spectacular performances in the final. This is a developing team and Bayern’s future looks bright under Flick.
- Bayern have won the European Cup / Champions League for the sixth time (with Liverpool) and for the first time since 2012-13. Only Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (7) have become champions on more occasions.
- PSG failed to score for the first time in 35 games in a major European competition, the last time being in a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in April 2016.
- Each of the final seven teams competing in their first European Cup / Champions League final has suffered a loss, the last time the winners were in June 1997 against Juventus of Borussia Dortmund.
- Bayern became just the third side in Champions League history to hit the 500-goal mark (500 goals total) after Barcelona (517) and Real Madrid (567).
- The Bayern attacker Kingsley Coman became the fifth Frenchman to score in the Champions League final (Karim Benzema 2018, Zinedine Zidan 2002, Marcel Deslee 1994 and Basil Bolli 1993).
- PSG’s Keylor Navas is the third goalkeeper to appear in a Champions League final with two different teams, after Hans-Jorg Butt (Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen) and Edwin van der Sar (Man Utd and Ajax).
- Thiago Silva is the first Brazilian to start the European Cup / Champions League final as captain.
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