FC Bayern Munich came into its UEFA Champions League final fixture against Paris Saint-Germain last season as the favorites for a reason. The Bundesliga powerhouse had just steamrolled past opposition in league and domestic cup play. More so, they had come away with a trio of impressive Champions League knockout stage wins in the season. And while it did not end up being a typically convincing showing on both sides of the ball, Bayern did take care of business with a 1-0 win over PSG in the final.
PSG had its chances to score in the final and make it more of a contest. Still, Bayern defender Lucas Hernandez believes that there was one key reason as to why his side held off the French side. He spoke to France Football about the experience factor that he views as played an instrumental role in the game.
“In the final of such a competition, the game can switch to one side or the other at any time,” Hernandez said. “But, ultimately, the experience of this kind of event plays an essential role. Bayern had already played a few in the past, while for PSG, it was the very first. Players like Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer had already experienced this type of meeting and it helped us to better manage the key moments.”
This is an interesting claim from Hernandez in regards to experience as PSG did also field a couple of players who had won the title before in Keylor Navas and Neymar. And the club had other talents who experienced tournament triumph with their national teams. But on Hernandez’s last point about Bayern’s veterans helping the side “manage the key moments” in the game, it is difficult to dispute this as the club remained cool, calm and collected over the contest.
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