Ever since Lionel Messi agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain over the recent summer transfer window, the club has been tabbed as the favorites to win the UEFA Champions League competition this season. PSG has kicked off this Champions League season on the right track, which includes the home group stage win over Manchester City.
For PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, he is well aware of the expectations that have been placed on the Ligue 1 giants to claim a Champions League win this season. In speaking to RMC Sport, Mbappe opened up on how Messi has been since his arrival at the club and also revealed grand his ambition to win this competition.
“The guy is super quiet,” Mbappe said. “He’s a football genius. There’s no such thing as an overrated reputation. From the first day he had no rhythm, he was coming back from the Copa America, but you see the talent of the guy. It’s a crazy thing. It’s really a message from the heart: I’d really like us to enjoy this. Paris Saint-Germain brought back a lot of great players, but nobody thought he would leave Barcelona.
“Of course, there is this quest for the Champions League. God knows we’re going to do everything. But I would be sad if we didn’t win it, if people said, ‘Messi, he came, he didn’t win the Champions League.’ He came to make people love him. When he scored (against Manchester City), the stadium was furious. That’s also why we buy players like that.
“There are other teams, we are not alone. When I look at the other teams, there are some that have a really solid team, machines that work.”
PSG has come close to winning the Champions League in previous seasons, which include being a runner-up over the 2019-2020 campaign and the elimination at the hands of Manchester City in the semifinal round last season.
Now, much is expected out of Mbappe and Messi to soon lead PSG to triumph in this competition, which is a task that they are much capable of accomplishing.