Regretting Bad Start, PSG Boss Thanks Kylian Mbappe For Giving His Team a Breathing Space

Published 10/26/2023, 8:40 AM EDT

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In a match where PSG initially found themselves on the back foot, it was their star forward, Kylian Mbappe, who once again emerged as a savior. Paris Saint-Germain entered their Champions League group stage match against AC Milan on the back of a disappointing defeat to Newcastle United. PSG boss Luis Enrique had a lot to figure out, especially given his team’s recent struggles in the UEFA Champions League. However, as PSG secured a comfortable 3-0 win in the clash, Luis Enrique breathed a sigh of relief as he appreciated Mbappe for his crucial goal.

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After a mini-goal drought lately, the French sensation Kylian Mbappe has found his scoring boots once again. As he netted for the second consecutive game with PSG, his performance against AC Milan earned him appraisal from his coach.

PSG boss credits Kylian Mbappe for the crucial win

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In the heavyweight clash between the French giants PSG, and Italian giants AC Milan, the entire landscape of the game changed following Mbappe’s goal. The Frenchman’s goal late in the first half, initiated by Zaïre-Emery’s fine run and pass, effectively opened the account for PSG in the match. It gave a breathing space to PSG, who were being dominated in the first quarter of the match. Much like the Newcastle United game, Milan began to expose PSG’s shortcomings and caused problems for them. However, it was in this moment of vulnerability that Kylian Mbappe took charge in his own hands.

PSG boss and Spanish manager Luis Enrique could not have been more thankful for the Frenchman’s goal, as it provided much-needed breathing space for the Parisians. Enrique acknowledged that the Rossoneri had their moments, but it was Mbappe’s goal that actually gave them freedom on the pitch. In the post-match conference, Enrique stated, “I think Milan were better than us for 20-25 minutes, and we couldn’t find a response. But the first goal freed us.

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As Mbappe’s goal in the first half boosted confidence in the PSG team, the Ligue 1 outfit doubled their lead early in the second half through young French forward Randal Kolo Muani. The Parisians wrapped up the win late on thanks to a strike from Lee Kang-in. With this convincing 3-0 victory, PSG finds itself at the top of their Champions League Group.

Mbappe’s performance is a huge positive for PSG

Kylian Mbappe‘s return to goal-scoring ways after facing a mini-goal drought recently was a huge positive for the Parisians. The French forward has been amid criticism for his recent slump in form, but he displayed his class and prowess against AC Milan and silenced his critics. Mbappe was a constant threat to the Milan defense throughout the match. Luis Enrique, who stated Mbappe as one of the best players in the world recently, was also highly pleased with his performance, in a much-needed win for PSG.

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In a heavyweight clash, where the margin for error is razor-thin, Mbappe’s resurgence for PSG reminds us of his extraordinary talent and prowess. It showcases his impact on the PSG squad, as apart from goals, he breathes confidence in the team. As PSG sits at the top of their group in the UCL, they’ll look forward to the further challenges that lie ahead in their journey this season.

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Sahil Sharma

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Sahil Sharma is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He's been a fan since childhood, but his love for the sport truly took off when Real Madrid won their record 10th UEFA Champions League title in 2014. That famous La Decima triumph turned him into a hardcore Madridista.
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