BAYERN MUNICH and Paris Saint-Germain are preparing to battle it out in tonight's the Champions League final.
It's set to be a pulsating evening of action in Lisbon, with Thomas Tuchel naming the in-form trio of Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in his starting XI.
- Start time: 8pm BST.
- TV/Live stream FREE: BT Sport 1/BT Sport app, YouTube.
- PSG XI: Navas, Kehrer, Bernat, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Paredes, Herrera, Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe.
- Bayern Munich XI: Neuer, Thiago, Alaba, Davies, Boateng, Goretzka, Coman, Kimmich, Gnabry, Muller, Lewandowski.
Follow all the build-up and match action with our live blog below…
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has scored in nine consecutive UEFA Champions League matches, with only Cristiano Ronaldo netting in more successive games in the history of the European Cup/Champions League (11 in a row between June 2017 and April 2018).
Ulreich, Hoffmann, Odriozola, Sule, Pavard, Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Perisic, Hernandez, Tolisso, Zirkzee.
Rico, Bulka, Diallo, Dagba, Bakker, Kurzawa, Verratti, Gueye, Draxler, Sarabia, Icardi, Choupo-Moting.
BAYERN STARTING XI
Flick will be happy, Boateng is deemed fit enough to start.
1 Neuer (C), 6 Thiago, 9 Lewandowski, 17 Boateng, 18 Goretzka, 19 Davies, 22 Gnabry, 25 Muller, 27 Alaba, 29 Coman, 32 Kimmich.
PSG STARTING XI
Tuchel sticks with his winning formula of 4-3-3, Verratti isn't fit enough to start so Marquinhos will sit in front of the PSG defence.
1 Navas, 4 Kehrer, 2 Silva (C), 3 Kimpembe, 14 Bernat, 5 Marquinhos, 21 Herrera, 8 Parades, 11 Di Maria, 10 Neymar, 7 Mbappe.
ONE TO WATCH
In 19 UEFA Champions League appearances for Paris SG, Neymar has been directly involved in 23 goals, scoring 14 times and assisting nine.
Neymar scored in the 2015 final for Barcelona and could become only the third player to score in the final for two different teams, along with Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd & Real Madrid) and Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich & Juventus).
Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski has scored 15 UEFA Champions League goals this season, two behind the record set by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013/14 (17).
He (alongside Serge Gnabry) is looking to become the fifth player to score in the group stage, round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final and final in a season, after Diego Milito (Inter, 2009/10), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 2010/11), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 2013/14) and Sadio Mané (Liverpool, 2017/18).
DOUBLE FIGURE FINALISTS
Bayern Munich have reached their 11th European Cup/Champions League final, with only Real Madrid playing in more (16).
They currently have five titles, the fourth-best tally behind Real Madrid (13), AC Milan (7) and Liverpool (6).
This is Paris Saint-Germain’s first ever European Cup/Champions League final, becoming the 41st team to reach the showpiece final.
The last six teams competing in their first final have all lost, with the last first-time winner being Borussia Dortmund in 1997 against Juventus.
Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have met eight times previously, all in the UEFA Champions League group stages – Paris SG have won five of those matches, with Bayern winning the other three, including the most recent game in December 2017.
Welcome to the live blog for PSG vs Bayern Munich.
The Estadio Sport Lisboa e Benfica will play host to tonight’s final, as the mini style tournament comes to a close in the Portuguese capital.
The two sides will meet in this seasons UEFA Champions League final to round off a turbulent football season which was brought to a grinding halt due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
PSG will contest their first ever Champions League final after years of failed attempts and a lot of money spent, tonight could be their night if Neymar and Mbappe turn up and put on a show.
Standing in the way of PSG’s attempt to sit top of the mountain are five time winners Bayern Munich, the favourites to win the competition.
If Bayern Munich can reclaim Europe’s biggest prize, they would have won the competition the 3rd most behind AC Milan and Real Madrid and drawing level with last year’s victors Liverpool (six time winners).
The last time the German side won the Champions League was in 2013 when they beat rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley.
PSG will be without Layvin Kurzawa, which is unlikely to affect the starting line-up with Juan Bernat proving reliable in the left back position.
Marco Verratti and first team goalkeeper Keylor Navas are touch-and-go to start tonight for PSG, both key players for the French champions.
Bayern Munich could be without starting centre-half Jerome Boateng who was replaced by Niklas Sule at half-time in their semi-final clash with Lyon, Bayern boss Hans-Dieter Flick will hope his experienced defender is fit in time.
Apart from Boateng, Flick has a fully fit squad to his disposal.
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