PSG’s victory in the Champions League would be historic for France

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has said he wants to make French history by winning the country’s first Champions League title in 27 years in Sunday’s final against Bayern Munich.PSG beat Atalanta and RB Leipzig in the ‘final eight’ in Lisbon, and Mbappe feels relaxed about the test against Bayern and the importance to French football.

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“That’s exactly why I came here,” he told reporters on Saturday. “I have always said that I wanted to make the history of my country. It is a chance. When I arrived in 2017, we experienced several disappointments. Today we are in the final and it shows that we did not give up.

“It would be a great reward to win with a French club. It was my mission when I came. To win [on Sunday] it would be incredible, it would be a feat for a French club, ”added Mbappe.

The last time a French team won Europe’s first club competition was in 1993, when Marseille beat AC Milan 1-0.

Despite being only 21, Mbappe has already made a big part of French football history by winning the World Cup two years ago and he compared the mood of the PSG to that of Didier Deschamp’s team in Russia.

Although the final will take place at the Estadio da Luz without fans, like all games in the last eight due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mbappe says the atmosphere remains special.

“Of course, it’s weird to play behind closed doors but it’s still the Champions League. We can clearly feel the intensity of the matches, the tension that reigns. It was a very special format this year, it will be remembered for a long time. time because of the tragedy, ”he said.

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has said Italian midfielder Marco Verratti could be involved in the game, although probably not the full game.

Verratti missed PSG’s quarter-final match against Atalanta with calf pain, but came off the bench for the final eight minutes of the semi-final victory over Leipzig.

“Marco’s injury was a big blow, it was not muscular, which is why the risk is not great. It’s just a matter of pain. Does he have the capacity to play 120 minutes? No of course not. We have to decide tomorrow. whether to start it or not, ”said the German.

Tuchel will also decide late on whether first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas is ready to return or whether he will stay with substitute Anthony Lopes.

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