Kylian Mbappe was vocal after Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 first-leg loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes. Mbappe noted what it would take for the squad to overturn their current aggregate score on March 8 at the Allianz Arena.
Furthermore, manager Christophe Galtier also revealed that Mbappe was vocal towards his teammates in the locker room. Additionally, Galtier was asked whether those words might have fueled Neymar Jr. to have a poker and fast food night this week after the loss.
“What Kylian said in the mixed zone is exactly what he said in the locker room,” Galtier told reporters Friday (h/t Canal Supporters). “Words of great maturity so that everyone remains mobilized. They are welcome. I’m not going to associate Kylian’s statement with the photo of Ney in a fast-food restaurant. I spoke with Ney; I told him what I thought. He has the right, on his day off, to play poker, which he loves. I told him what I thought of this photo that came out. There is no confusion to be made.”
The 24-year-old made a difference in the game when he came on in the second half. Mbappe also scored a goal, but VAR determined that the play was offside. Nonetheless, a fully fit Mbappe for 90 minutes might make the difference.
However, should PSG falter in their attempt at a comeback on the road, there will be many questions about the makeup of the squad. Another Champions League disappointment will lead to criticism, whether it’s the players on the team or management who constructed the group over the last two transfer windows.