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Three talking points after Bayern Munich’s Champions League final triumph

Bayern Munich won the sixth Champions League crown in their history after they picked up a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the final at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday.

The German champions were dominant throughout their European campaign and they ended up winning each of their games en route to the Champions League title.

Three talking points after final win vs PSG:

Hansi Flick’s decision-making: For the final, Flick could have quite easily stuck with Ivan Perisic on the left wing on the back of his impressive displays in recent European games. However, he made the shrewd decision to pick Kingsley Coman ahead of both Perisic and Philippe Coutinho, and the Frenchman delivered on the night by scoring the only goal (59th minute) against the club, where he began his professional career. The 24-year-old had played only 50 minutes in the quarter-final and semi-final combined, but he made his mark against his former employers.

Manuel Neuer’s display: Neuer may have already turned 34, but he has shown no signs of slowing down. The Germany international was the standout performers in the final with key saves. In the first half, Neymar was put through on goal by Kylian Mbappe, but Neuer was on guard and produced a splendid save with his left boot. The Brazilian latched onto the loose ball by the byline, but Neuer denied him once again. Following the interval, Marquinhos had an opportunity to score at the near post, but the veteran shot-stopper put his full frame on the line to deny Les Parisiens the equalising goal.

Bayern’s second treble: Back in October, Bayern seemed in disarray when Niko Kovac was sacked and there were doubts over their title credentials. However, Hansi Flick managed to turnaround the club’s fortunes initially on a caretaker basis and they were simply unstoppable during the backend of the season. Bayern ended the campaign on a stunning 30-match unbeaten run (29 wins and one draw) and that included a 21-game winning streak which saw them win the Bundesliga, DFL Pokal Cup and the prestigious Champions League crown for the first time since 2013.

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