Bayern 2, PSG 3: Mbappé urges teammates to repeat display in return leg
KYLIAN Mbappé has urged his teammates to “play again like a team” after the forward scored twice for Paris Saint-Germain to steer the visitors to a 3-2 victory against the Champions League holders Bayern Munich in their quarter-final first leg.
Mbappé scored his eighth goal of the competition in the 68th minutes after Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 37th and Thomas Müller on the hour had cancelled out a two-goal PSG lead.
It was Bayern’s first Champions League defeat in more than two years and the first for their coach Hansi Flick, who had been unbeaten in his previous 16 matches in Europe’s premier club competition.
“It was a difficult game against the best team in Europe right now,” Mbappé said. “But it is just the first game. [Next week] we have to play with confidence and play again like a team.”
PSG had to survive intense late pressure from Bayern, with David Alaba and Müller going agonisingly close for the hosts, but hung on for victory ahead of the return leg in Paris next week.
“We should have scored far more goals,” Müller said. “Of course, we can talk about conceding goals but if you win 6-3 or 5-3 then no one can complain.
“If we had shown the killer instinct that characterises us then it would have been a different game. We only have ourselves to blame and now have to play catch-up.”