Forward Kylian Mbappe wants to give Paris Saint-Germain their first Champions League title against Bayern Munich which would make the club join the continent’s elite.
“Tomorrow is an opportunity for us to join that elite group to win the Champions League. We know our quality and what a big club we are and how we have grown over the years,” the 21-year-old World Cup winner told a virtual news conference on the eve of Sunday’s final.
“That’s why I joined the club. I wanted to write history for French football. I have another opportunity to do that tomorrow. It would be incredible if we win, that’s my mission.”
Mbappe and Neymar form a formidable attacking strike force with Angel di Maria in their first final, with Europe’s top title the main priority for the ambitious club since it came under Qatari ownership in 2011.
More than 1 billion dollars have been invested into the project to make PSG the second French club to lift the trophy, following Olympique Marseille in 1993.
Rooney backs PSG
Lyon forwards Memphis Depay and Karl Toko Ekambi missed gilt-edged opportunities in the opening 16 minutes of their 3-0 defeat by Bayern in the semi-final on Wednesday and Rooney has warned that PSG’s front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria will not be so wasteful.
“Bayern have the advantage that most of their starting line-up have played in the Champions League final before. But I have a feeling for PSG,” Rooney, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, wrote in his column for the Sunday Times.
“It will be a shoot-out and I think with Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria, PSG will exploit the high line that Bayern play. They will get chances and take them.
“I have no doubt that press will create chances for Bayern but PSG are good enough in possession to deal with it and once they play through it there will be opportunities for their attackers.”
The spotlight will no doubt be on Mbappe and Neymar who have combined for eight goals and nine assists in the competition thus far but Rooney, 34, believes it’s his former Manchester United team mate Di Maria that could make the difference.
Author: Staff Writer