Criticized in recent days for mixed performances, and tired of these criticisms, Kylian Mbappé put everyone in agreement this Wednesday by signing a double during Bayern-PSG in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (3-2) .
We say it, we repeat it, Kylian Mbappé is lively. Almost elusive. This is valid on the field but also outside. We barely have time to write that the Parisian striker is going through a difficult period, that the difficult period is over … Swept by a new performance of size.
A week ago, the world champion came out of a fairly mixed truce with the Blues, and confided his spleen to France football. “Of course that tires (the critics, editor’s note), especially when you play in a club in your country, that you give everything for your national team, he sighed. It’s different for the players who play abroad . They only come back here for the national team. I am here all the time. ” It was April 1, but at the pace of the Bondy TGV, it was 1000 years ago.
This Wednesday, Kylian Mbappé had found his smile after Bayern-PSG in Munich (2-3), brandishing the man of the match trophy. His smile, and the praises of the observers.
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While he was aligned in the absence of Mauro Icardi at the forefront of the Parisian attack, a position he does not particularly like, the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League looked complicated for him. But the former Monegasque made it easy. By scoring on his first ball, a little helped by Neuer (1-0, 3rd), by multiplying the calls in depth to exhaust Süle, Alaba then Boateng, before signing a double in the second act with a strike at the near post (3-2, 68th), which would offer a precious success to the Parisians.
A brace at the Allianz Arena, which follows a hat-trick at Camp Nou, which itself follows goals on the grounds of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Juventus, Dortmund or Manchester City. At 22, Mbappé scored among the greatest in Europe. In the Champions League, he has scored exactly 27 times already, including 21 with PSG. It’s better than Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar (20), and only Cavani (30) did better for the capital club. Will he have the opportunity to catch up with the Uruguayan? Everything will depend on its future, whether it is extended or not.
In the meantime, it is French football that he can score. With 8 goals in C1 since the start of the 2020-2021 edition, Mbappé has already equaled the best total of a French player in a single season, previously co-owned by Wissam Ben Yedder in 2017-2018 with FC Sevilla and David Trezeguet in 2001-2002 with Juventus. Knowing that Paris still has at least one game to play. Who could offer two more …