Kylian Mbappe remains an important player for PSG despite him being linked to a transfer away from the Ligue 1 club. The 24-year-old’s sheer skill and pace down the left wing is an integral part of Les Parisiens’ tactics to encroach the opponent’s defense.
PSG faced the Premier League club Newcastle United at home in a Group F Champions League clash. Both clubs earlier played each other in the competition when PSG visited St. James Park to play the Toons. The match played in England was won by Newcastle by a scoreline of 4-1.
However, this time around both the teams shared the points as the match ended in a draw. PSG’s forward Kylian Mbappe expressed his disappointment towards not being able to capitalize on the chances his team had during the game.
In a post-match interview given to ‘TNT Sports’, the 24-year-old stated – “It’s hard, when you see the game, what happened. We had so many chances, normally we had to win”. The player further stated that although his team was “better” in the match, they didn’t score more, and hence didn’t win.
Mbappe also expressed – “So, it’s hard for us, but we have another game in Dortmund we have to win because we want to be at the top of the group”. He reflected on his disappointment towards his failure in putting the chances away, which he had to win the game for the Les Parisiens.
The forward further asserted that in a competition like the Champions League, one must take the opportunities presented. Pressing towards how the game went, he stated – “We had like nine-ten opportunity clear and we don’t score”. However, he inflicted that “everything going to be okay” if his team PSG continues to play like this and “score more goals” against Dortmund.
Kylian Mbappe saves PSG from a back-to-back defeat against Newcastle United
The Les Parisiens number seven stepped up to take a vital penalty for his team in the dying stages of their Champions League match. PSG trailed for a large part of the game as their opponent Newcastle took an earlier lead in the 27th minute of the game.
Last minute penalty. Kylian Mbappé equalized the score 1-1pic.twitter.com/yPku1A2Gzn
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It seemed like the Ligue 1 club was heading for a back-to-back defeat against the Toons in the Champions League. PSG got themselves a late opportunity to register a draw and get a point as they won a penalty. Mbappe, however, took the responsibility of converting the penalty.
The forward calmly diverted the ball past the Newcastle’s goalkeeper into the top right corner. He made a high-pressure penalty look like a nonchalant one. His goal not only saved PSG from defeat at home but also kept them ahead of their opponent in Group F’s points table.