Jersey Swap: Neymar
I could have gone with the refs here for the atrocious officiating, but I won’t be that salty.
Neymar was a headache all match long. His slipperiness and speed is tough to deal with and kept Lucas on his toes all match long.
He repeatedly was in great attacking positions and forced numerous great pieces of goalkeeping out of Neuer. The Brazilian also sent three shots off the woodwork.
Der Kaiser: Manuel Neuer
Quite simply Bayern would have not been in the match without Neuer. He was in full sweeper keeper mode coming out of goal to snuff out opportunities.
If Neymar doesn't have nightmares of the Parisian goalposts he’ll have them of Neuer coming out to meet him in the open field. He had multiple 1v1 saves on Neymar shots in goal and coming out in space.
Can’t say enough about the GOAT.
Fußballgott: David Alaba
Joshua Kimmich was maybe a little off in the first half today but PSG was also working hard to contain him. No matter what, though, he is an absolute bulldog.
Alaba had a solid showing in the midfield replacing Leon Goretzka who was unable to play. He had several booming shots from range and forced Keylor Navas to earn his paycheck. His pressure and shot also set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s goal.
Alaba’s ability to shift back into a defensive role when Jamal Musiala subbed in also highlights his quality. It will be odd to see him in a different uniform next season after his final Bayern Munich Champions League campaign.
Der Bomber: Leroy Sane
Not the easiest selection to make here. Choupo-Moting got the cleanup goal but other than that wasn't too solid, missing some opportunities. Kingsley Coman had some nice moments but all in all for me was surprisingly mostly ineffective.
Sane had a slow first half but came alive in the second 45. He was tormenting the defenders on his side of the pitch constantly cutting in on his left foot but could never find pay dirt. He almost had an assist to Thomas Müller with an absolute gem of a pass, but Navas saved the shot. You would have loved to see Sané do better with that giveaway at the end of the first half but in the end he was getting shots off and working hard at goal which is what we needed.
Meister of the Match: Lucas Hernandez
Thats what an €80million player looks like. Lucas was all over the pitch tonight anchoring the defensive back line and contributing on the attack.
His marauding runs up the gut opened up many opportunities for teammates, but his defending was spectacular. The chess match with him vs Neymar was world class football at its finest and Lucas rarely came up wanting. He was tenacious, he was physical, and kept coming back for more taking on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe by himself. His speed and intelligence snuffing out Mbappe 1v1 towards the end of the match was awesome. My match notes read Lucas! Lucas! Lucas!