The UEFA Competitions will end its month-long restart this weekend. The Europa League final will be held on Friday August 21st with Spain’s Sevilla taking on Italian giants Inter Milan. The Champions League final will be on Sunday August 23rd with Bayern Munich trying to win the treble against Paris SG.
The Europa League is being played in Cologne, Germany while the Champions League is being played in Lisbon, Portugal. Games are at 3pm EST and can be found on CBS Sports and Telemundo.
Europa League Preview
Sevilla is unbeaten in 20 games through all competitions. The team has hit its best form at just the right time. They were impressive when sending off Roma and displayed patience and resolve to beat Wolves and then Manchester United. Their experience in this competition gives them an extra edge; they know how to get the job done.
Inter’s manager, Antonio Conte, seems to have found the magic formula and will likely play the same team that reached the final with a series of top notch performances. Having hit 54 goals together this season, the ‘Lu-La’ attacking duo is in fantastic form. Both Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez struck twice in the semi-final. This is Inter’s game to lose, as they enter with the deeper team and higher expectations.
Prediction: Sevilla did well to capitalize against United, but United had multiple opportunities to build a big lead. The form of Inter’s front two will not miss those chances. Inter rolls 3-1.
Champions League Preview and Prediction
They may have fallen short, but Lyon did their domestic rivals a big favor on Wednesday. Paris will be licking their lips after watching the second semi-final at the German side. Their high defensive line and backing buried the chances Lyon missed. Having added belief and unity to their obvious talent, Thomas Tuchel’s men appear in the best overall form to finally break through and win a Champions League Trophy. Defeating Bayern’s dominant squad would be the ultimate cap of their journey.
Bayern and Paris SG are both trying to claim the treble with a win. And with both squads boasting top-tier, attacking talent, this is a game that could be decided by the team that defends best. Hans-Dieter Flick’s approach will be clear: concentrate, press together, score early. That’s the winning formula that has gotten his team to this point. If they are too arrogant to adjust their back line, they could definitely get caught.
Flick on PSG – “Paris are a great team, they fought their way into the semi-final and then reached the final. We will analyse some things, we know they have quick players. We will look to organise our defence, but we know our biggest strength is putting our opponents under pressure.”
Prediction: We’ve been high on Bayern while always questioning PSG’s toughness to win in the biggest moments. They showed toughness against Atalanta and followed that up with a complete performance against Leipzig. But this Bayern team is a whole different animal. They have the pace to cause problems for Paris. But if they sit in, and counter quickly, there is no reason Paris can’t pull the upset. But the margin for error is so narrow against Bayern. Close game, Bayern win 3-2.