FIVE things we learned from PSG's 3-0 victory over RB Leipzig

Angel Di Maria on fire, RB Leipzig finally feel Timo Werner’s absence and Neymar’s shooting boots go missing… FIVE things we learned from Lisbon

  • PSG stormed into the Champions League final with a 3-0 victory over RB Leipzig 
  • Angel Di Maria was on fire with a goal and two assists, hitting form just in time
  • Neymar was missing his clinical edge, causing headaches before the final 
  • Leipzig finally felt the absence of Timo Werner after his £54m move to Chelsea 

PSG finally have finally earned a shot at the Champions League final after breezing through RB Leipzig with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night. 

Bayern Munich or Lyon await in the final, as the Parisians celebrated semi-final success for the first time after crashing-out at the last-16 for the past three seasons, waiting a record 110 games for their big moment.  

Though a routine victory for Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Co, there was plenty to ponder before the final as we look at the seven things we learned from Lisbon. 

PSG reached the Champions League final on Tuesday by beating RB Leizpig 3-0 in Lisbon 

The Germans had no response to the Parisians, crashing out after their superb semi-final run

Among the stunning front-three Tuchel fielded on Tuesday, those tuning in may not have expected Angel Di Maria to be the man who dragged PSG over the line. 

While Mbappe and Neymar failed to deliver on their world class status in front of goal, Di Maria stepped up with a man of the match performance – scoring and providing two assists. 

The Argentine first swung in a pin-point free-kick for Marquinhos to head in un-marked before tapping-in cooly himself after panicking Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi into a clumsy pass, which was lifted back to Di Maria for 2-0.  

The former Manchester United star capped off his night in the 55th minute, staying alert amid protests from Leipzig defenders to find Juan Benat in the box, who headed in the third.   

If Bayern Munich do steam through Lyon as expected, young Alphonso Davies could be in for a tough night against the experience of the in-form 31-year-old. 

Angel Di Maria put in a man of the match display with a goal and two assists against Leipzig 

Neymar’s shooting boots go missing     

Sweat will have begun to bead on the forehead of any PSG fan when, after five minutes, Neymar missed his first chance of the night.   

Mbappe played a perfectly-weighted ball through to the Brazilian who was one-on-one with Gulacsi, only for the winger to poke the ball onto the post.  

Since joining from Barcelona in 2017, Neymar has been unmistakably linked to PSG’s Champions League heartbreaks, even when he wasn’t on the pitch. 

Neymar couldn’t find his clinical best in front of goal on Tuesday, a worry for the French side

The Brazilian was shut-out by Real Madrid in a 3-1 defeat to the Spaniards in 2017-18 before Neymar sat-out injured for the second-leg, watching a 2-1 defeat from the sidelines. 

Last season the 28-year-old was again absent as Manchester United turned around a 2-0 first-leg defeat to sneak through with a 3-3 victory on away goals. 

Di Maria’s brilliance may have been the decider on Tuesday, but all eyes will be on Neymar once again for the final.  

Neymar’s miss at the start of the game could have been a vital moment but for Di Maria

Mukiele has Premier League potential 

Dayot Upamecano may be the higher rated of RB Leipzig’s centre-backs but clubs looking to reinforce in defence this summer could do a lot worse than the man to his right in Lisbon.  

Nordi Mukiele has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer and showed flashes of why the Premier League champions see him as a viable option.  

The defender looked comfortable on the big stage barring a slip-up which led to PSG’s final goal, powerfully shutting down Neymar and Mbappe on multiple occasions. 

The 22-year-old right-back made 37 appearances for Leipzig this season and although he still has three years left on his contract in Germany, Mukiele will be being watched closely by Europe’s elite.   

Nordi Mukiele impressed in defence, showing the qualities many Premier League sides need

Leipzig feel Werner’s absence    

It always seemed unlikely that Leipzig would go unaffected by the loss of their all-time record goalscorer. 

Timo Werner scored four goals in the Bundesliga side’s route to the quarter-finals before making his £54m move to Chelsea, opting to join Frank Lampard’s squad for pre-season. 

Dani Olmo and Tyler Adams scored in Leipzig’s stunning 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid to reach the semi-final but Julian Nagelsmann – who chose to set-up more defensively on Tuesday – couldn’t work around the German’s absence against Presnel Kimpembe and Thiago Silva. 

Leipzig fired only three of their 14 shots on target, something that will be Nagelsmann’s primary concern this summer. 

Timo Werner’s decision to leave Leipzig early to train with Chelsea hurt the Bundesliga side 

Nagelsmann comes unstuck 

Thomas Tuchel is credited as the man who ‘shaped me the most’ by Julian Nagelsmann. The difference between master and apprentice became clear in Lisbon. 

The 33-year-old former Hoffenheim coach is the Bundesliga’s youngest ever boss and recorded an impressive third-place in the German top-flight this season. 

However, his decision to switch to a more negative setup proved fatal as PSG took control from the off, with Leipzig never truly slowing the flow of Parisian attacks. 

Nagelsmann’s rise to the top isn’t complete yet and Tuesday night demonstrated that he is in the perfect place to develop before his inevitable big move comes.  

Julian Nagelsmann couldn’t find the correct approach to beat his mentor Thomas Tuchel 

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