Mbappe: PSG defeat good prep for Man Utd clash

Date published: Monday 4th February 2019 3:18

Kylian Mbappe has said he is “not worried” by PSG’s Champions League clash with Manchester United, despite losing to Lyon last night.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan went on a scouting mission to Lyon last night to watch PSG lose 2-1 – their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season.

Former United man Angel Di Maria put the visitors ahead early on, but goals from Moussa Dembele and a Nabil Fekir penalty gave Lyon the victory nine days before Old Trafford hosts United v PSG in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg.

Neymar has been ruled out of both legs with a metatarsal injury, but Mbappe, who played the full 90 minutes last night, brushed off the injury to the Brazilian and was calm ahead of the crunch clash.

“We have not realised our many opportunities,” Mbappe was quoted as saying. “I’m not worried about the Champions League match. We must take it match by match and wait for the Champions League. It feels good to play matches like that (against Lyon).

“Facing teams that play is the best way to prepare for the upcoming deadlines, it’s up to us to win. The goal was to remain undefeated and we will try not to lose again by the end of the season.”

Speaking about Neymar’s absence, Mbappe added: “It’s complicated, yes, to play without Neymar. You must accept it. Last season, he was also injured and it would be nice not to make the same mistakes, otherwise it would mean that we did not learn anything.

“I don’t know if the defeat was deserved. In the first-half, it was deserved but after half-time we still dominated. We started well. We have hurt Lyon, who let the storm pass before starting to hit top gear.

“Lyon had opportunities and scored. We also had situations. After half-time, we put them back in the game. They scored on the only occasion they had, a penalty.”

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