PSG: Kylian Mbappé’s moving farewell

Last official meeting of the season for French football this Saturday evening. Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain crossed swords in the final of the Coupe de France, on the lawn of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille. A match dominated and won by Luis Enrique’s troops (2-1) who validated their national treble: Championship – Cup – Champions Trophy. This duel between OL and PSG took on several things with the backdrop of violent brawls between groups of supporters in the streets of Lille during the day but also a particular sporting dimension on the Paris side. Indeed, this meeting was Kylian Mbappé’s last official match in the PSG jersey. And paradoxically, it should not remain in the annals for long.

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“This is my last year at Paris Saint-Germain. I’m not going to extend it and I’m going to end my adventure in a few weeks.”, announced the future former number 7 of PSG in a sober video posted on his social networks. And since that fateful date of May 10, everyone has been scrutinizing Kylian Mbappé’s attitude. If his farewell to the Parc des Princes has already been said against Toulouse in the championship, he was missing this last big deadline before definitively closing his Parisian adventure. Despite the victory secured and a new title pocketed, the Bondynois did not achieve the greatest final of his career.

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A glaring lack of efficiency!

A great lack of realism throughout the match, with in particular only one shot on target out of the eight shots attempted by the PSG player. Most of his attempts were blocked or countered by the Lyon defense carried by Jake O’Brien, one of the few members of the Lyon rearguard in good shape this Saturday evening. Often late, sometimes discreet, Mbappé was even flagged offside twice. Much less hard-hitting and impactful than Bradley Barcola or Ousmane Dembélé, the Parisian number 7 took a few blows, from which he had difficulty recovering. But at the microphone of BeIN Sports, he was satisfied to be present for the final victory.

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“You feel the weight of things a little more, you realize that it’s over. Before, when I said goodbye to the Park, I was focused on what awaited me. Now, with PSG I have nothing, but I’m happy to have been able to finish with a trophy. This characterizes the identity of this club. It’s a club that has always won trophies and will continue to do so. I’m happy to have been part of this victory and to have had a little impact on it.”he assured.

Kylian Mbappé eager to start his new adventure

In any case, the essential is nevertheless done on a collective level. Kylian Mbappé said goodbye by winning his 15th title with Paris Saint-Germain, his fourth Coupe de France, all against a top player in the French championship. The symbol is beautiful but the performance far from its standards, even more so for a player who is very careful about his communication and his image in this last Parisian epic before the big departure for Real Madrid.

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“I don’t think there’s any mistake about my name anymore. When you’re a footballer, you don’t have time to see how much time is passing. All these years… telling yourself that it’s over, it hurts your heart. It’s a feeling that I will never get back what I experienced here, but, I will have other things and what awaits me will be fantastic”he added on France 2, still without naming his future club. An exit through the back door for the top scorer in PSG history.

Pub. THE 05/26/2024 00:20
Update 05/26/2024 01:05

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