Kylian Mbappe Commits to PSG; Hasn't Been 'Able to Sleep' Since Man United Loss

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2019

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United at Parc des Princes on March 6, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has said he has struggled to sleep following his side's shock elimination at the hands of Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday but made it clear he remains fully committed to the club.

Having won the first leg of the last-16 tie 2-0 at Old Trafford, the Ligue 1 side appeared on course for a straightforward progression into the quarter-finals of the competition.

However, they were eliminated on away goals, as an injury-ravaged Red Devils side won 3-1 at the Parc des Princes. A last-gasp penalty from United forward Marcus Rashford sent the Premier League outfit through in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Speaking with Telefoot, the young forward said the result is still playing on his mind (h/t Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC):

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

More Mbappe post-United: “The stadium was full, the fans did their job & got behind us -- it was a truly magical atmosphere & we spoiled the party.” https://t.co/lUayockgEM

Despite the loss, Mbappe said he has belief in the club's project and would not be going anywhere in the summer:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

Mbappe: “I will certainly be at PSG next season.”

Here is a reminder of the extraordinary finale from the Parc des Princes, as PSG became the first team in Champions League history to fail to quality after winning the first leg of a knockout tie 2-0 on the road:

Bleacher Report Live @brlive

It was a historic night in Paris for Manchester United as the Red Devils completed a stunning comeback against PSG to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals 😮 https://t.co/WiweRaBPkx

Mbappe was on the scoresheet when PSG won at Old Trafford, although he wasn't at his blistering best on Wednesday, as he spurned a number of openings.

The France international striker is far from the biggest issue PSG have, though, with the team having developed a reputation for being on the wrong side of these types of comebacks.

Despite being in control of the match for long spells against United, the French champions made basic errors in defence that gave the away side hope. From there, the Red Devils grew in confidence and were able to launch a late assault on the PSG goal, from which they were awarded a penalty.

Sports writer Nick Miller commented on the different ways in which PSG haven't been able to capitalise on strong positions:

Nick Miller @NickMiller79

You have to credit PSG with the range and creativity of their bottle jobs.

On Friday, it was the second anniversary of Barcelona's extraordinary comeback win over PSG in the same competition:

B/R Football @brfootball

88th minute. Needing three goals to go through. And then this happened. These are the final minutes of La Remontada. No words. https://t.co/9gXrD3hCrZ

You sense it will take a while for PSG to recover from this defeat, and another period of self-reflection is surely on the cards for a number of key players.

Still, the fact that Mbappe remains invested in the cause is a huge positive. In him, the Parisians possess one of the most potent attackers in the game and someone who has the potential to become the finest player on the planet.

The challenge for manager Thomas Tuchel is to forge a team with the temperament and talent needed to provide ample support to Mbappe.


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