Hat-trick hero Kylian Mbappe delighted after PSG’s thrashing of Barcelona, claiming ‘we did it in style’… and superstar hints at committing future to the French champions by insisting the ‘shirt is one that I hold dear to my heart’
- Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick helped PSG secure a 4-1 victory over Barcelona
- Win puts the French champions on the cusp of the Champions League last-eight
- Mbappe admitted PSG could now not get complacent ahead of the second leg
- Forward also hinted at staying in Paris, saying he had no desire to leave the club
- The Frenchman’s contract at the Parc des Princes expires in summer of 2022
Kylian Mbappe couldn’t hide his delight at seeing Paris Saint-Germain take a huge step in reaching the Champions League quarter-finals after a resounding 4-1 win at Barcelona.
Mbappe netted a hat-trick in the famous victory which saw the French champions come from a goal down following a Lionel Messi penalty before taking control of the last-16 tie, with Moise Kean also on the scoresheet.
The France international netted in the 32nd, 65th and five minutes from time to ensure that Mauricio Pochettino’s team hold a strong advantage heading into the return leg at the Parc des Princes.
Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick to land the match ball and the Man of the Match award
The Paris Saint-Germain striker stole the show in PSG’s famous win at the Nou Camp
The 22-year-old praised his side’s approach to the victory but insists they can not rest on their laurels ahead of the second leg, especially with Barca previously turning around a 4-0 deficit against PSG at the same stage four years ago.
‘We are very happy. It was a very important match for us’, Mbappe told RMC Sport. ‘We wanted to come here and win. And we did it in style. Now we have an important match on Sunday in the league (at home against Monaco).
‘Tonight, it is magnificent but we have not won anything yet. I am happy. I always want to give the best of myself. I have not always had that success. But never in my life will I hide.’
Mbappe, who unsurprisingly took the Man of the Match award as well as the match ball following his treble, then turned thoughts towards his future in Paris, insisting he had not plans to move on.
Mbappe’s treble leaves PSG on the brink of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition
Mbappe is mobbed by his PSG team-mates during the stunning victory at the Nou Camp
Mbappe was too hot to handle for Barcelona’s defence, including Gerard Pique (above)
The forward remarked on his side’s efforts following an outbreak of Covid-19 in the last month which saw Pochettino as well as Marco Verratti and Abdou Diallo test positive, but insisted his team continue to get better physically.
‘Today, my hard work is paying. We were a little heckled, there was Covid-19. But we are feeling better and better physically,’ he added.
‘It would be stupid to decide my future on a single match. The truth, is that it is about reflecting for the long term. I have always said that I am happy here. This sort of match makes me even happier… The PSG shirt is one that I hold dear to my heart.’
Mbappe’s contract expires in the summer of 2022 and he has been linked with a move to Barca’s biggest rivals Real Madrid in the past.
Mbappe is greeted by his manager Mauricio Pochettino following his magnificent display
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