PSG welcomes Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). After his double at the Allianz Arena last week, Kylian Mbappé has the opportunity to confirm his rise in the competition. By positioning himself as a contender for the title of best player in the world.
He has shifted into high gear. And it does a lot of damage. Since the start of the year, Kylian Mbappé has been simply irresistible in the Champions League. The arrival of the cleaver matches allowed the PSG striker to raise his level quite dramatically. With a class of captain and a devastating performance. His festival at Camp Nou made an impression in mid-February (1-4). Never had a player so badly handled Barça in a knockout match since its creation in 1899. Without being so flamboyant, he calmly transformed his penalty when he returned to Paris (1-1).
Before showing himself phenomenal again, last week, under the snow of the Allianz Arena. With a saving double in the lair of Bayern Munich, which had not lost at home for almost a year and a half (all competitions).
More decisive than Messi and Ronaldo at the same age
These performances are added to his 2 goals scored against Basaksehir, last December, in the last match of the group stage (5-1). The world champion therefore remains on 8 goals in 4 C1 matches. Including five outside. It’s stratospheric. And the reception of Bayern, this Tuesday in the quarter-final second leg (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1), offers him the opportunity to embellish the table a little more. If it flares up again against Manuel Neuer’s teammates, the crack of the France team will position itself as a natural contender for the title of best player in the world. Two months before the start of the Euro.
Author of 33 goals and 10 assists in 39 appearances, Mbappé is advancing at a breakneck pace this season. But the top scorer in Ligue 1 seems to have taken another step forward in the Champions League, where he has 27 goals in 43 appearances since the start of his career. At 22 years and 4 months. At the same age, Lionel Messi was at 18 goals. Karim Benzema had scored 13. Cristiano Ronaldo had only 3 and Robert Lewandowski had not even played a game in the competition.
In dazzling form
But since his arrival in the capital in the summer of 2017, the former Monegasque has often been criticized for not responding to major European meetings. His overly axial strike in the Lisbon final will remain as an eternal frustration for PSG supporters. But it must be remembered that the gifted Bondy then evolved with a painful ankle.
Eight months later, he seems in full possession of his means. Evidenced by his performance in Strasbourg, Saturday in the league (1-4). A decisive match in the title race that Mbappé unlocked within a quarter of an hour of play. With disconcerting ease. Mauricio Pochettino made him play almost the entire meeting, despite a hellish schedule. By explaining that his jewel needed to be on the ground “to be happy”. It is up to him to provide further proof against Bayern. To send Paris to the stars. And take one more step towards a golden destiny …
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