I’m feeling the vibes of the World Cup, says French striker Mbappe after PSG win


LISBON (Reuters) – Kylian Mbappe said he was feeling similar vibes to France’s campaign to win the World Cup in 2018 after Paris St Germain reached the Champions League final with a win categorical 3-0 against RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

Soccer Football – UEFA Champions League – Semi Final – RB Leipzig v Paris St Germain – Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal – August 18, 2020 Kylian Mbappe of Paris St Germain in action with Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig, as play resumes at behind closed doors after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak David Ramos / Pool via REUTERS

“I feel the same atmosphere because we have managed to create a group where everyone knows their importance and everyone does their job,” said the French striker at a press conference.

“We do a lot of activities off the pitch, maybe it’s too much for some, but that’s how you win titles.

“It’s easier to put in effort and sacrifice for your teammates if they are your friends.”

Mbappe produced a below-par performance against Leipzig, but he’s just returned from an ankle injury and still lacks match practice.

He played half an hour in the 2-1 quarter-final victory over Atalanta, helping PSG turn the tide when they were 1-0.

“When I got injured against St Etienne (in the Coupe de France final on July 24), I thought the Champions League was over for me,” said the 21-year-old.

“But the next morning I said to myself that I had to be part of this trip, even if I wasn’t playing, at least to bring my good humor to the team.

PSG will face Olympique Lyonnais or Bayern Munich in Sunday’s final, with Ligue 1 favoring Mbappe.

“I prefer to play for Lyon because it’s a French team, but if it’s Bayern, too bad,” he said.

Report by Julien Pretot; Edited by Christian Radnedge

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