Kylian Mbappe wants to break the record is just one of the reasons why Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) can overcome Bayern Munich in the second leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League on the morning of March 9.
PSG led Bayern 1-0 after the first leg at the Parc des Princes, with the only goal from Kingsley Coman, a striker graduated from the Paris academy, in a match where Mbappe came on from the bench to score. Two goals were disallowed for offside.
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Mbappe has struggled with a hamstring injury before the first leg, but he is completely healthy and said he is ready to sʜᴏᴏᴛ before the second game. The French superstar is just one of five reasons why PSG can come back.
Mbappe is now PSG’s all-time top scorer
Without a doubt, Mbappe is like the next player who can dominate the Ballon d’Or in the post-Lionel Messi era – Cristiano Ronaldo. Having won the FIFA World Cup with France as a teenager, he is now PSG’s all-time top scorer at the age of 24.
Bayern can hardly prevent Mbappe as prolific as in the first leg. Photo: GETTY.
Mbappe overtook Edinson Cavani scoring 201 goals as Paris beat FC Nantes 4-2 over the weekend. And Mbappe would have reached the milestone sooner if two goals in the first leg of the Champions League against Bayern Munich were not denied.
Bayern did not have a similar answer for Mbappe, after he came on for Carlos Soler with a game less than half an hour left at the Parc des Princes. Do not expect the owner of the Munich stadium to have a solution to lock Mbappe down for 90 minutes at dawn on March 9 after being helpless in the first leg.
Side by side MM
Neymar sprained his ankle as PSG beat OOSC 4-3 last month, but his loss could be in PSG’s favor, with the squad running looking more balanced with the Brazilian sidelined. .
Messi and Mbappe play effectively without Neymar. Photo: GETTY.
From the ғᴀᴄᴛ that Neymar completed the MNM striker trio (Messi – Neymar – Mbappe), PSG showed that they defended effectively with 7 players in the back. But without Neymar, the number is eight, and this is important in an 11-a-side sport.
In the 2.5 matches since Neymar’s injury, Mbappe and Messi have combined to score 7 goals and provide 3 assists for each other. This team is emerging as the most feared duo in world football, and Bayern will not be pleased to see them on the field.
Hunger to win the classic match
PSG enter the second leg against Bayern after three wins, one of them at a “sᴜᴘᴇʀ classic” encounter, with Messi and his teammates avenging their loss to Olympique de Marseille when they meet in Ligue 1 – the match. match where Mbappe and Messi combined to score all three goals in a match to win boldly 3-0.
The trump card of PSG is eager to turn the game around in Munich. Photo: GETTY.
In other words, PSG’s confidence has risen again. PSG coach Christophe Galtier said: “Breaking the curse is already very important. Does that help the players unite in a plan or a mood? I think so. It’s always better to play big games by winning.”
Moreover, the team of Paris and Bayern are becoming sworn enemies in the European arena. Bayern may have dominated with Coman’s goal last month, but their last four meetings have all resulted in away-day wins. Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG ʙᴇᴀᴛ Bayern 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the 2021-2022 season and Mbappe scored twice that day.