The 2020 Champions League Final was one of the most unusual of all time, in terms of what happened off the pitch and around the sport as a whole. On the pitch, Bayern defeated Paris Saint-Germain with a former PSG academy player Kingsley Coman scoring the only goal of the game. History usually doesn’t remember the losers, but today we will, as we take a look at PSG’s starting eleven and where they are now.
In goal, Keylor Navas was drafted in this season due to his immense experience, especially in the Champions League. With the signing of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Navas saw himself slowly become the no.2 keeper and in January of this year he signed on loan for Nottingham Forest and has played a major part in keeping the Tricky Trees in the Premier League.
Of the backline two players are still in Paris, namely Presnel Kimpembe and Juan Bernat. Kimpembe has been linked with a move away this summer, especially with PSG potentially signing Lucas Hernandez, On the other hand, Bernat has just signed a contract keeping him at the club until 2025 and he seems very content with his status as a squad player. Thilo Kehrer stayed on for two more years after the lost UCL final, but with the signing of Achraf Hakimi, his game time started to decrease and he moved to West Ham United and has already won a European trophy.
The last defender on the list, Thiago Silva moved to Chelsea after the final, and many fans thought he would be a stopgap for one year, but he is still one of Chelsea’s best players and will stay on next year. PSG’s three-man midfield consisted of Marquinhos, who is still at the club and can be considered a club legend. Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera played on either side of him, with Verratti coming on for Paredes in the 65th minute.
Herrera left PSG on loan to his boyhood club Athletic Bilbao in 2022, a deal which has been made permanent in January of 2023. At the same time Herrera was joining Athletic Club, Paredes went out to Juventus on loan and is due to return to Paris at the end of this season. As for Verratti, much like Marquinhos, he is still at the club and is one of their most beloved players.
Bayern managed to keep PSG’s front line quiet throughout the whole game. The two superstars of this frontline, Neymar and Mbappe are still at the club, with Neymar being linked with a move away almost on a daily basis and has to struggle with a mixed legacy in the French capital.
As for Mbappe, he is currently mired in another boring transfer saga. On the right, Angel Di Maria spent two more years at PSG, before joining Juventus in 2022. On the 5th of July, Di Maria has signed with Benfica, his first European club. As our honorable mention, we have Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who switched sides immediately after the final and is currently still at Bayern.
By: Eduard Holdis / @He_Ftbl
Featured Image: @GabFoligno / Jean Catuffe