11 wins in 11 games: Bayern's road to the 2020 Champions League title
You can't really play a better Champions League season than FC Bayern did in 2019/20. Bayern were the first team in the history of the competition to win every game on the way to their sixth title. From the start against Belgrade to the final in Lisbon exactly a year ago, the German record champions left the pitch as winners eleven times. fcbayern.com traces the triumphant path once again.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 1 - Opening victory against Belgrade
At the start of the Champions League season, FC Bayern won 3-0 against Red Star Belgrade in Munich thanks to goals from Kingsley Coman (34'), Robert Lewandowski (80') and Thomas Müller (90+1'). It was a strong start, but at the time no one knew what was to come this season.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 2 - Gnabry gala against Tottenham
A gala performance by Serge Gnabry in London: Gnabry (53', 55', 83', 88') exploded with a four goal haul in the breathtaking 7-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur. Joshua Kimmich (15) and LewanGOALski (45', 87') provided the others. It was the first big marker of the season.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 3 - Tolisso ensures victory
Despite the gala performance against Tottenham, Bayern had a tough time away to Olympiakos for much of the game. It was only when Corentin Tolisso scored for the 3-2 final score in the 75th minute that the much-acclaimed victory was achieved. Lewandowski (34', 63') had provided the 1-1 equaliser and the 2-1 lead earlier in the game. The second leg followed two weeks later.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 4 - Home win against Olympiakos
In the first game under new coach Hansi Flick, FCB managed a 2-0 home win in a hard-fought duel with Olympiakos. Lewandowski (69') and Ivan Perišić scored the goals for FCB. After just four games, the round of 16 was certain. Alphonso Davies also made his Champions League debut in this game.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 5 - Premiere and four goal haul to win the group
After the gala in Tottenham, FC Bayern celebrated their second big win in the group stage in a 6-0 away win in Belgrade. Leon Goretzka's first ever goal in the UCL (14'), Lewandowski (53', 60', 64', 67') with the fastest four goal haul in UCL history and Tolisso (89') ensured the clear victory.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 6 – FCB secure group stage record
To round off the group stage, Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 3-1. Kingsley Coman (14'), Müller (45') and Philippe Coutinho (64') scored for the record champions. Bayern were the first German team to complete the Champions League group stage without dropping any points. Overall, it was the best group stage in UCL history.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 7 - Strong performance at Chelsea
In the last 16, Bayern directly built on their previous performances and gave an extremely strong showing in the first leg against Chelsea. Flick's team won 3-0. After his four goals at Tottenham, Gnabry scored twice against Chelsea (51', 54'), and the third goal went to record-breaking Lewandowski (76'). Bayern had developed an outstanding starting position for the second leg.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 8 - Bayern confirm title ambitions
Bayern had to wait a long time for the second leg. Due to the coronavirus break, the competition only resumed at the beginning of August. However, this did not change anything about their captivating form. Although the last competitive game (DFB Cup final) was over a month previously, the Munich team won 4-1. Lewandowski with a brace (10', 83'), Perišić (24') and Tolisso (76') were the goalscorers. The ticket for the final eight in Lisbon was secured and there was more good news: Niklas Süle celebrated his comeback after a cruciate ligament rupture.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 9 – Historic fireworks against Barcelona
What a game this was! In the quarter-final, Bayern beat Barcelona 8-2, or in words: EIGHT - TWO! Müller with a brace in his anniversary game (4', 31'), Perišić (21') and Gnabry (27') made the result clear before the break. This was followed in the second half by Kimmich (63'), Lewandowski (82') and Coutinho (85', 89') with a brace against his home club. It was a real demonstration of strength. FCB were in the semi-finals and favourites to lift the trophy.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 10 - Tenth victory and into the final
Olympique Lyon proved hard to break down at the beginning of the semi-final. But after Gnabry's opening goal (18'), the Bayern machine ran smoothly again. The Germany international was able to show off his cooking celebration a second time in the 33rd minute before Lewandowski (88') scored late on to make it 3-0. As a result, the two became the most dangerous duo in the history of the Champions League.
#MissionLis6bon: Step 11 - Back on Europe's football throne
The final against Paris Saint-Germain was the expected thriller. But an outstanding Manuel Neuer kept everything out from the top-class PSG attack - and at the other end Kingsley Coman provided the moment no Bayern fan will ever forget. After a Kimmich cross, the Frenchman was in position with his head and scored the goal for the title (59'). Bayern climbed Europe's throne for the sixth time in club history.