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Mbappe hoping for all-French Champions League final after PSG go through


Lisbon (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe admits he hopes Lyon will beat Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday and set up an all-French final in Europe’s elite club competition this weekend.

“I’d prefer Lyon for sure, because they are a French team,” Mbappe said when asked if he had a preferred opponent in the final after PSG’s 3-0 semi-final victory over RB Leipzig in Lisbon on Tuesday.

“It will be a very tough game. If it’s Bayern, fine, but if it were Lyon it would certainly make it a very special occasion.”

PSG are the first French side through to the final of the Champions League since Monaco in 2004 after goals by Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat saw off Leipzig in a one-sided encounter at the Estadio da Luz.

They would perhaps not be favourites in a final against Bayern, but they certainly would be against Lyon.

PSG won the Ligue 1 title while Lyon came seventh in a season that was curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The teams met as recently as the end of July in the French League Cup final, with PSG winning on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Mbappe missed that game because of an ankle injury, suffered in the French Cup final against Saint-Etienne a week earlier.

– Emotional injury –

However, he returned to play a key role off the bench in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Atalanta last week and started against Leipzig.

“The truth is that the night I got my injury against Saint-Etienne I thought that was it, that I wouldn’t come back” for the Champions League ‘Final Eight’, he said.

“I cried all night, but the next morning I woke up and said to myself that I would do everything I could, get treatment all day and come home and get more treatment.

“I knew the team would need me at some point, maybe not for my physical presence on the field but also being around the team and showing them I was ok.

“I never wanted them to see that I was suffering. It was a difficult time but it was a real pleasure to come back against Atalanta and help the team qualify today.”

Mbappe, 21, admitted he is still not back to peak fitness.

“I feel good, better and better all the time, but I still have to wear a heavy strapping around it.

“There is no more pain. I still need to take certain precautions but I am ready to help the team, give everything on the pitch. All I want is to win, that’s why I came here.”

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Greg C

    August 18, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    You seem confident so I assume you are putting 90% of your cash on Bayern at 8/15? Easy money for you. Might also pay to be cautious when you don’t know the team names though… I sense you aren’t quite an expert

    • Donald Duck

      August 18, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      I play the stock market you know long term gains. But yeah if i did gamble id put 100 on Bayern Munich to win it all.

  2. Donald Duck

    August 18, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Im sure he would LOVE Lyons. But lucky for us we will get Bayern Munich who will crush Lyons and then go on and win the Champions League with ease. Sorry PSG but you have done a great job up till now but better luck next year because this is all about Bayern Munich and how many goals they can score to finish off their Champions League dominance.

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