2017-2018 group stage
Deprived of the title of champion of France by Monaco a few months earlier, PSG hit hard on the transfer market in the summer of 2017 by recruiting Neymar, Kylian Mbappé or Dani Alves. Present in Group B of the Champions League with Bayern Munich, Celtic Glasgow and Anderlecht, the Parisians knocked out the Bavarians at home on the second day (3-0, September 27, 2017). Dani Alves opened the scoring in the 2nd minute on a caviar from Neymar, scorer shortly after the hour mark on a service from Mbappé (63rd). Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani had doubled the bet with a nice shot in the skylight (31st). This Parisian success then led to the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti, coach of Bayern Munich since August 2016.
In the return, Unai Emery’s team suffered at the Allianz Arena (1-3, December 5, 2017) but took first place in the group (15 points tied with Bayern) thanks to better goal difference. PSG suffered against the Munich residents, present in impact and determined, with a goal from Robert Lewandowski (8th) and a double from Frenchman Corentin Tolisso (37th, 69th). But the essentials have been provided for Kylian Mbappé (scorer in the 50th) and his partners.
In an unprecedented context with the Covid-19 pandemic (creation of the Final 8, matches behind closed doors), PSG did not come far from becoming the second French club (after OM in 1993) to win the League champions. But it was the German club that lifted its sixth C1, thanks to a goal from former Parisian Kingsley Coman (59th). Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had disgusted PSG with his saving parades (18th, 70th) with his feet like a handball goalkeeper. With this goal in advance, Hansi Flick’s men continued to insist (61st, 63rd), Paris lacked a leader despite this delay in returning.
Kingsley Coman scored the only goal in the 2020 final. (Peter Schatz/Presse Sports)
Under the snow in Munich, Paris took over their opponent in the first leg by winning in Bavaria (3-2, April 7, 2021) with great realism, despite the domination of the Bavarians during the meeting (63.8 % possession, 12 shots on target at 5). Thanks to a double from Kylian Mbappé (3rd, 68th) and a goal from Marquinhos (28th), the capital club won the first success in its history away in the quarter-finals of the competition. The Mbappé-Neymar-Di Maria trio did very badly in the quick transitions, and Keylor Navas was simply heroic by making ten parries in all.
Paris, jostled by the defending champion, then suffered on the return to a Parc des Princes behind closed doors (0-1, April 13). If Eric Choupo-Moting scored by taking over Presnel Kimpembe with a header (40th), the Bavarians multiplied the clear chances (25th, 27th, 45th + 2) without managing to score the second goal. Mauricio Pochettino’s men mainly reacted against (53rd, 78th, 89th), and held firm thanks to a still decisive Keylor Navas (44th, 45th + 2, 62nd). And they reached the semi-finals of the competition for the second consecutive year.