Mbappé couldn’t save PSG
PSG subbed Mbappé in against Munich but even he couldn’t rescue them from their slump as they lost 1-0 in the first leg of the round-of-16 Champions League.
Paris Saint Germain has been plagued with injuries as of late and it’s showing on the scoreboard. Their loss to Bayern Munich in the first leg of the round-of-16 Champions League match was their third straight loss and fifth in the last 11 games.
Mbappé wasn’t supposed to play
Of their injured stars, Kylian Mbappé was out with a hamstring injury which he suffered on February 1. PSG initially said Mbappé would be out for three weeks, but on Tuesday, in a bout of desperation, he came off the bench in the 57th minute. But even he was not enough to rescue PSG from their slump as they fell to Munich 1-0.
“I’m not 100%, but I felt well enough to try to help my teammates,” said Mbappé after the match. “It’s a Champions League game. The best players in the world are here…what I like is playing against the best. That’s why I was frustrated to not be able to play.”
PSG will play the second leg on March 8 at the Allianz Arena, when they’ll hopefully have a fully healthy Mbappé back on track. For his part, Mbappé believes there is still reason to feel hopeful as long as the team is all fully recovered.
“Of course, there is always hope. It’s a game of two knockout matches,” said Mbappé. “We saw in the second half that when we play with personality, we put them in serious trouble. We’re capable of scoring, creating opportunities, and being dangerous.”