In this competition Bayern are also the team that masters the ball and the game with an average of more than 60% possession per game. With just under 55 per cent, PSG can therefore already prepare for less possession than they are used to, and will probably have to make do with it. In the predominantly midfield sector, the battle will be tough and strategic. The Alcantara-Goretzka-Müller trio is impressive in terms of control, power and discipline too. Paris Saint-Germain and Thomas Tuchel will have to find the answers to the German domination that is coming, probably around Marquinhos, with or without Marco Verratti. Given the intensity displayed by the Bayern players, it seems unlikely that the Italian can be lined up at kick-off, which will inevitably revive the Herrera-Paredes duo with their arguments between experience, power and intelligence.
The Gnabry-Mbappé head-to-head duel
In the semi-final he qualified Bayern thanks to his two goals, especially in the opening goal where he did everything on his own. Serge Gnabry punctured the screen against OL, and against a Maxwell Cornet who did not exist in his corridor. Facing him on Sunday evening in Lisbon, the 25-year-old German right winger will meet a completely different phenomenon in the person of Kylian Mbappé. This head-to-head duel, because it is hard to see how the two could not cross paths, is another key to this final. Mbappé was neither transcendent nor decisive in the semi-final, but let's not forget that his comeback against Atalanta propelled PSG to the last four. It was as if the young French prodigy had given himself a rendezvous on Sunday evening, and with the whole of France at the same time, two years after the World Cup triumph.
Obviously, the success, speed and efficiency of these two will be decisive. Bayern's average of more than 22 shots per game in the Champions League peaks at 12.5, while PSG's average of 12.5. The difference is colossal, but Mbappé is supersonic, he's the best striker in the world in the making, and like all the other teams, Bayern have not encountered anything so fast in a long time. The Bavarian defence has been warned, will they be able to do something about it? The answer to that question will also be decisive.
The long-distance duel between Neuer and Navas
It would be possible to analyse many face-to-face matches in this duel between the two finalist teams, with so many decisive players who will face each other. From a distance, the duel between Manuel Neuer and Keylor Navas promises to be an exciting one. The German keeper seems to have returned to almost his best form, that of 2013 when he lifted the only Champions League title he won (twice a finalist with Bayern in 2012 and 2013), and his style has not changed one iota. The Costa Rican PSG keeper, meanwhile, has just returned from injury, but he is a key figure in the PSG dressing room and looks set to play in his fourth Champions League final in five seasons. And if he were, too, somewhere in that final, the man of the moment Keylor Navas would be. He has played in three finals and won all three. From a statistical point of view all PSG fans want Navas to be the starting goalkeeper in PSG's goals this Sunday evening. And that he'll once again become the best goalkeeper on the planet, no matter what Manuel Neuer says.
Of course this final will not be about these key elements. It won't come down to a midfield battle, or a stroke of genius from either side, or even a goalkeeper's parry. There will inevitably be some of that, but there will also be the unexpected. There will be the two best teams in Europe at the moment, one from France and one from Germany. With all their qualities and faults, with their strategy and key players, these two teams promise to provide us with a formidable conclusion to this endless season from a distance.