Mbappé begins his last Parisian European dance, with a legendary challenge

Mbappé begins his last Parisian European dance, with a legendary challenge
Mbappé begins his last Parisian European dance, with a legendary challenge

While he will leave at the end of the season, Kylian Mbappé will try to offer PSG the first Champions League in its history. A huge challenge for the captain of the France team, currently in the race for the Ballon d’Or. His mission begins this Wednesday in Dortmund, during a semi-final which promises to be heated (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1).

He still has two games left. And maybe a third, if all goes well. At the twilight of his adventure, Kylian Mbappé has the opportunity to write the most beautiful European page in the history of PSG. The one that no one will ever forget. A challenge that matches the ambitions of the 25-year-old star, who has already internally announced his departure at the end of the season. His final run begins this Wednesday at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). A legendary stadium in which he has already played once with Monaco in April 2017 (double) and twice with Paris, in February 2020 (assist) and December 2023.

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Top scorer in the Champions League with Kane

Four months ago, Bondy’s star failed to prove decisive in Borussia’s lair. This new meeting offers him the opportunity to make up for it, by putting PSG in a favorable position before the return match next Tuesday at the Parc des Princes (9 p.m. on RMC Sport). Often spared by Luis Enrique in Ligue 1 in recent weeks, Kylian Mbappé seems in great shape as he begins his final mission with the jersey of his hometown. Within a more collective and united team, the No. 7 shines less than in previous seasons, but he remains, by far, the most effective element with 43 goals and 10 assists in 44 matches (all competitions combined). ).

This is also true in C1, where he occupies the lead in the scorers’ ranking (8 in 10 matches), tied with Harry Kane, who scored from the penalty spot on Tuesday during the semi-final first leg between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid (2-2). Alongside Ousmane Dembélé, Bradley Barcola, Marco Asensio, Gonçalo Ramos, Kang-in Lee or Randal Kolo Muani, the probable future Real Madrid player is in an ideal context to flare up, as he often did in matches Champions League cleavers.

A dream final against Real Madrid

With his pure talent, his extraordinary mentality and his experience of big moments, “Kyky” can guide the Parisians to a peak that they only touched in 2020 (1-0 defeat in the final against Bayern Munich). The whole capital dreams of it. Him too, no doubt. The story would be crazy for the gifted man from Seine-Saint-Denis, who barely arrived seven years ago from Monaco. A coronation in the Champions League (it would be his first in a personal capacity) would place him on a royal road to finally winning the Ballon d’Or, at a time when Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr and Harry Kane appear as his main rivals (knowing that there will also be the Euro and the Copa America this summer).

In a Hollywood scenario, PSG would eliminate Dortmund and meet Real Madrid in the final on June 1 at Wembley. With, why not, a decisive goal from Kylian Mbappé in the temple of London football. A few weeks before putting on the Merengue jersey on the Bernabeu lawn… But before thinking about it, we must already overcome the Borussia obstacle, starting by negotiating the semi-final first leg. Just to get the best start on this last dance, which could quickly become legendary…

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