Bondy’s crack had strong and meaningful words after the defeat of “his” PSG in Munich on Wednesday in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Some must have had ringing ears… Kylian Mbappé brought out the heavy artillery on Wednesday evening, after Paris Saint-Germain’s elimination against Bayern (2-0 defeat). To understand the full meaning of Bondy’s crack words, you have to go back to last September. Mbappé appeared at a press conference before the first day of the Champions League group stage. Intervention during which he had not shown overflowing enthusiasm for the quality of the Parisian workforce after the first transfer window “made in Campos”… When asked whether the project was in line with what had been sold to him at the time to extend, a few months earlier, “KM” dropped this: “This is neither the place nor the time and I am not the best person to answer. You have to ask the people involved.” Move along, nothing to see.
When we talked to him about winning the C1, he did not hide his doubts. “I always want to win, everyone knows that my objective when I enter the field is to do everything to bring victory. Now the Champions League is a very tough competition, the big teams have strengthened themselves with world-class players, a lot of teams are ready and armed to win. We will fight with our weapons and we will give everything to make the best competition possible. But of course we start with this ambition to win, it’s football, we are competitors.“In hollow, we understood that the others had been reinforced, not the PSG.
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Bayern have a team built to win the Champions League.
Back to Wednesday. If Luis Campos skirted the walls, Leo Messi and Marco Verratti took care to avoid the mixed zone and the other Parisians walked past the journalists with their heads bowed, Mbappé assumed his status and answered questions. Four, not one more. Including two of our Spanish colleagues around his future. “I’m calm, we’re going to finish the season, I want to win the championship, and we’ll see after“, he dropped on this subject before heading to the bus.
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Kylian Mbappé first explained how much his partners and himself are “disappointed“. “Now, that’s how it is, you have to try to move on, let everyone question themselves and… move on“, he said. It was when it came to talking about what made the difference in all of the two matches against FC Bayern that the former Monegasque let go. “Not much when you look at the state of the two teams. They have a great team, a great squad, they have a team built to win the Champions League. During my first press conference of the season, in C1, I said that we would do our best. Our maximum, that’s it. It’s the truth“, he asserted. Luis Campos, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and the entire Parisian management would do well to hear this message and finally act. “We are going to question ourselves and return to our daily life, Ligue 1“, explained Mbappé again, who certainly does not think only of the players when speaking of questioning …
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