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Bayern, PSG set up super-club clash

 

Bayern Munich's astonishing form under Hansi Flick has taken them to the brink of a treble after they dispatched Lyon 3-0 in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, and the stage is now set for a fascinating final battle between the German giants and Paris Saint-Germain.

"This is what you dream of as a footballer –- playing against the best in Europe. And we're able to do that, I'm excited," Bayern's Canadian full-back Alphonso Davies told BT Sport.

Flick's team once again confirmed what an unstoppable attacking force they can be at the Estadio Jose Alvalade as Serge Gnabry's first-half brace took the Germany winger to nine in nine Champions League appearances this season and Robert Lewandowski's late goal left him on 55 altogether for the campaign.

The Bavarians are the first team to win their first 10 matches of a Champions League campaign and now hope to make it 11 out of 11 when they face PSG. They exude confidence, as you would expect for a side on a run of 20 straight victories overall.

"Nobody scares us, we are Bayern Munich. We have had a great season and now we need to finish it off by winning the Champions League," said defender Benjamin Pavard.

But Bayern are clearly vulnerable. They play with a such high line that there is always a risk they will be caught out.

Memphis Depay and Karl Toko-Ekambi both missed glorious chances to put Lyon ahead before Gnabry opened the scoring. KylianMbappe, Neymar or Angel Di Maria may not be so profligate come Sunday.

"We know that there is an element of risk in the way we play. We play a very high line and it's not easy to defend, but we will analyse it and try to do better against Paris," admitted David Alaba.

It promises to be a fascinating final, between two super-clubs who gorge on winning everything domestically to the extent that one defeat in Europe can become an all-consuming drama.*AFP

 

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