Kylian Mbappe said he is feeling similar vibes as during France’s World Cup winning campaign in 2018 after Paris Saint-Germain reached the Champions League final with an emphatic 3-0 win against RB Leipzig on Tuesday.
“I feel the same vibes because we managed to create a group where everyone knows their importance and everyone does their job,” the France striker told a news conference.
“We do a lot of activities outside the pitch, maybe it’s too much for some but that’s how you win titles.
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“It’s easier to make efforts and sacrifices for your teammates if they are your friends.”
Mbappe produced a below-par performance against Leipzig, but he is just back from an ankle injury and still lacks match practice.
He played half an hour in the 2-1 quarter-final win against Atalanta, helping PSG turn the tide as they were 1-0 down.
“When I got injured against St Etienne (in the French Cup final on 24 July), I thought the Champions League was over for me,” the 21-year-old said.
“But the morning after I told myself I needed to be part of this journey, even if I didn’t play, at least to bring my good mood to the team.”
PSG will face either Olympique Lyonnais or Bayern Munich in Sunday’s final, with the Ligue 1 side having Mbappe’s preference.
“I’d rather play Lyon because they’re a French side, but if it is Bayern, so be it,” he said.