‘My team-mates were so good!’: Kylian Mbappe eager to share the spoils with his PSG team-mates after propelling them to a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich with stunning two-goal display
- Kylian Mbappe scored the opener for PSG in the first leg against Bayern Munich
- He then restored their lead in the second half with an excellent driven finish
- But the 22-year-old was keen to praise the collective effort of his side in Munich
- Mbappe insisted he hopes to get the better of Manuel Neuer again next week
Kylian Mbappe lauded his team-mates after his brace helped Paris Saint-Germain beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg.
The 22-year-old struck three minutes into the tie at the Allianz Arena to give Mauricio Pochettino’s side the lead, before Marquinhos doubled their lead in Munich.
The 2018 World Cup winner then restored the Ligue 1 side’s lead in the second half with a driven finish after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller had brought the hosts level.
Kylian Mbappe lauded his team-mates after his brace helped PSG beat Bayern Munich
The 22-year-old scored one goal in each half as the French side won the quarter final first leg
And speaking after the game to BT Sport, Mbappe praised the collective effort but urged his team-mates to remain focused on the second leg.
‘It was a difficult game against the best team in Europe at the moment,’ Mbappe said.
‘We played well, like a team, the collective was good. My teammates were so good. And I want to say congratulations to the whole team.
‘It is only the first game and we have another game at home, so we have to stay focused on the game.’
But the World Cup winner lauded the team effort, but urged them to focus on the second leg
Choupo-Moting halved the deficit eight minutes before the break, but Mbappe revealed Argentine boss Pochettino urged his team to maintain their confidence in play.
‘After the first goal, it’s true we stayed back and Bayern Munich put a lot of pressure. But at half-time the coach said to keep the confidence and not to be scared to play.
‘That is what we did in the second half, and it was so much better. It was a little bit difficult in the first 15 minutes of the second half and they equalised.
‘But after we scored the last goal, we kept the result.’
Mbappe said Mauricio Pochettino told his players not to lose heart despite Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting halving the deficit before half-time
Mbappe beat Germany No 1 Manuel Neuer on two occasions on Wednesday night, having failed to score past him in last season’s Champions League final in Lisbon.
And the France star revealed he hopes to get the better of the 35-year-old again when the two sides meet in the second leg next week in Paris.
‘I love to play against the best players in the world,’ Mbappe added. ‘Manuel Neuer is one of the best keepers in history of the game. I don’t have any pressure [when one-on-one with him].
‘We played in the final against him, we didn’t score, but now it was another game and I scored. I hope to score again.’
The 22-year-old also revealed he hopes to get the better of Manuel Neuer again next week