Jersey Swap: Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year old starlet looked deadly every time he got the ball in the attacking third and constantly posed a threat. With the speed he has both with, and without the ball, his ability to breeze past defenders looks effortless at times; Bayern’s back line looked quite helpless every time Mbappe ran in behind. His clever run and lay off in 31st minute served up Edinson Cavani’s goal (PSG’s second of the match) on a silver platter in a brilliant display of the tactical presence of mind the youngster possesses, especially in and around the oppositions 18-yard box. Though Javi Martinez did get a touch on the ball in the sequence of play, Mbappe could also justifiably claim the assist for Neymar’s goal in the 63rd minute after a bursting run down the right flank where he delicately wriggled past David Alaba to send in a low cross.
Tip of the Cap: Kingsley Coman. One of the best chances Bayern had to expose PSG coming into this match was catching out their wide backs; Layvin Kurzawa and Dani Alves, who both love to roam forward constantly. James Rodriguez and Thomas Muller offered little threat to try and catch out Alves and/or Kurzawa, respectively and arguably played too narrow to offer any real width in Bayern’s attack. Coman was one of Bayern’s only wide players that looked to have a go at taking players on in the attacking third and had a handful of clever turns on Alves. He just looked to get a bit frustrated after not getting a few calls to go in his favor and arguably tried to do a bit too much on his own on a few occasions. Coman could’ve provided necessary width to the squad from the get go had he been in the starting lineup.
Golf Clap: Sebastian Rudy. Brought on at halftime for Corentin Tolisso, Rudy was tasked with providing a more stable, defensive presence in Bayern’s midfield and perhaps give Thiago and Arturo Vidal more license to roam forward. Rudy stuck to his task well for the most part, though he did seem to grow frustrated with the amount of times he was left isolated one-on-one against Neymar. Still, Rudy stepped in to a difficult situation at halftime and provided a handful of timely interceptions and was fairly decent in his distribution. Perhaps it would’ve been wiser for Ancelotti to start Rudy in this match instead of Tolisso? Just a thought.
Standing Ovation: Robert Lewandowski. He was kind of out there on a one-man mission. Despite constantly being well tracked by both Thiago Silva and Marquinhos in a congested PSG penalty area, Lewandowski still managed to register a few headed efforts that required some work from Alphonse Areola. Without a lot of quality service, there was little Lewandowski could really do to create opportunities, but he did make a conscious effort to drop back a bit and interchange flanks to try and create space in different areas. On a number of occasions, he also disrupted the comfortable passing out of the back that PSG so often like to exhibit, particularly in the second half, when Bayern were desperately searching for at least a consolation goal.
Meister of the Match (if we even want to call it that): Joshua Kimmich. Try to look at this as objectively as possible. Obviously Bayern’s defensive frailties were put on full display by PSG, but Kimmich was one of the few Bayern players that did not stop working until the final whistle. After going 2-0 down in the first half, far too many players in the Bayern squad looked too deflated and lacked the spark to try and inject some life into the match, but Kimmich never stopped making his charging runs forward down the right channel to try and get involved. Sure, he was between a couple of times by either Neymar or Mbappe, but one would be a bit hard pressed to not give him a pass for that. He provided plenty of service into PSG’s penalty area, but more times than not, Robert Lewandowski was the only body nearby and was well accounted for by PSG’s center back pairing of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos. A telling testament to his relentless work rate, there were several occasions where Kimmich went sliding into the advertising boards behind either goal to try and chase down passes that were over-hit to him - constant energy despite being tasked with trying to keep Cavani, Mbappe, and Neymar at bay alongside an altered back line that saw Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng left on the bench as unused subs.