Mbappé feels guilty after missing the final and avoids question about Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappé does not attribute Paris Saint-Germain's elimination from the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund solely to bad luck. The forward admits that he did not contribute enough on Tuesday evening to lead PSG to the final at Wembley.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 11:21, 8 May 2024

Kylian Mbappé's last Champions League appearance for PSG at Parc des Princes marked the end of an era for the French superstar at the Parisian club.

As he prepares to depart on a free transfer after this season, he had envisioned a grand exit with a Champions League final in London. Unfortunately, this dream was dashed as Borussia Dortmund delivered a superior performance, outclassing both PSG and Mbappé.

Despite a staggering thirty attempts on goal and hitting the woodwork four times, PSG failed to find the back of the net, leading Mbappé to critique the team's finishing. "If you are good enough, you don't hit the post. You put the ball in," he expressed to the media post-match, highlighting a perceived lack in clinical execution rather than attributing the loss to misfortune. He added, "We just weren't good enough today. I don't like to talk about bad luck. We had enough chances, but if you're not effective, you don't advance to the next round. I tried to help the team, but from my side, it wasn't good enough either. I'm the one who needs to score goals and be decisive. If I score, I get all the credit. If I don't, I also feel guilty."

Despite the disappointment in the Champions League, Mbappé emphasized that the season could still be considered a success. PSG recently clinched the Ligue 1 title and is poised to compete in the Coupe de France final against Olympique Lyon on May 25. Reflecting on the season, Mbappé acknowledged the challenges and achievements, stating, "If I summarize this season now, considering the new project with many young players, it certainly hasn't been bad, although we want to win all the titles with PSG."

The conversation also turned to Mbappé's future amidst speculation about his next club. Following PSG's elimination, when asked about the potential for Real Madrid to advance to the final against Bayern Munich, Mbappé deftly sidestepped, focusing instead on his current commitments. The anticipation grows around his likely move to Real Madrid, which many expect will happen after his contract with PSG concludes.

Adding to the discourse, Thierry Henry, speaking on CBS Sports, offered high praise for Mbappé's tenure at PSG. Henry claimed that Mbappé could depart Parc des Princes with dignity, considering him arguably the greatest player in the club's history due to his profound impact. "As far as I'm concerned, he will go down in history as the best player ever at PSG. No discussion. I'm not going to judge him now on not having won the Champions League with PSG," said Henry, underscoring Mbappé's significant contributions over his six-year stint with the club.

Updated: 11:21, 8 May 2024