Paris Saint-Germain will hope to kick-start their European campaign on Wednesday after defeat to Manchester United on the opening night, but Kylian Mbappé seems relaxed.
Kylian Mbappé believes Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League defeat to Manchester United is irrelevant ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Istanbul Basaksehir, though he accepts fans will be expecting more.
It was seen as something of an upset given United’s underwhelming start to the season, while PSG would have hoped to begin their European campaign with a home win.
As such, PSG are already playing catch-up in Group H and go to the Turkish champions on Wednesday aiming to kick-start their campaign.
Mbappe acknowledges supporters will want to see PSG improve this time around, though he does not feel the United defeat increases the level of pressure on the squad.
“Champions League matches, you always have to win,” he told the club’s website. “Even if we had beaten Man United, it would still have the same importance.
“We must win. When you play here [at PSG], you always have to win. So, for sure, having lost, people will expect more from us, but the pressure will be the same.
“There’s always pressure when you play and that won’t change against Istanbul.”
United block Mbappé threat
Mbappé will be hoping for a more productive outing in Turkey, having failed to find a way through against United. He had five shots in total against the Premier League team, but only two hit the target – the other three were blocked.
The France international had particular difficulty against Axel Tuanzebe, who made several last-ditch tackles and clearances to deny Mbappe – he cleared the danger seven times in total.