Paris-Saint-Germain suffered this Wednesday, April 7 in the quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich. If PSG managed to win (3-2), it is largely thanks to the services of its two stars Neymar and Mbappé.
Dominated, jostled, battered, Paris-Saint-Germain relied on its two stars to get out of the German steamroller. However, their trajectory has been very different lately. One signed his reunion with the Champions League after missing more than a month of competition and the double confrontation against Barcelona. The other had crucified the Catalans by scoring a hat-trick in the round of 16 first leg. But tonight the paths of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé found themselves to save PSG. Each in his role, the Brazilian took that of the passer, the French that of the striker.
If the Parisians led at the break against the run of the game, it is largely thanks to the almost impeccable performance of Neymar, when several of his teammates took the water. The Brazilian was expected at the turn after having once again missed the round of 16, but he responded, delivering two assists or rather two caviars. Before shifting Mbappé (3rd) to place him alone against Neuer, Neymar had done all the work by entering the center of the area, magnetizing the defenders of Bayern.
To serve Marquinhos (29th), Neymar took all the German defense against the back of a center in depth. His compatriot had only to deceive the German porter. Two new assists in the purse of the star of PSG. In competition, Neymar has made it a specialty for almost 8 years. No other player has had as many assists as the Brazilian in C1 since the 2013/2014 season.
A hat-trick in the round of 16 against Barça. A double tonight against Bayern. Nothing more scares Kylian Mbappé, not even the biggest European clubs. The young Frenchman was assisted by Neymar to open the scoring but for his second goal (68th), he did it alone, like a great, against two Bayern defenders. On a cross strike low to the ground, outside the area, recalling his goal in the World Cup final, Mbappé came to disgust Bayern.
The young PSG striker had not scored a single goal in the finals last year. This season, he is transfigured and already has seven goals in just three games. “I like this kind of match “, Mbappé said at RMC Sport’s microphone. “It didn’t always smile on me but I’m not here to hide, I like to play this kind of game and be decisive.” He thus becomes the top scorer in the history of PSG in these final stages of the C1.