He was the hero of the night, scoring the equaliser from the penalty spot in the dying seconds, but he could have been more so. On Tuesday evening, during PSG's draw against Newcastle (1-1), Kylian Mbappé missed several clear scoring chances, which would have allowed the Parisians to confirm their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
After the match, the French striker admitted to Canal + that his team had sinned in terms of finishing. "We have to finish better, we have far too many actions for a Champions League match," he conceded. It's not the structure, it's not the organisation, it's just us, the players, we have to be more diligent in front of goal in cup games like this. Normally, we have to win the game by a wide margin. »
A collective criticism that contrasts with his speech made at the microphone of TNT Sports a few minutes later. Kylian Mbappé then admitted that he had failed personally. "I think I could have helped my team more, I had a lot of chances and I didn't score more goals tonight," he said, before speaking again on behalf of the team. We had a lot of opportunities really. In the Champions League, you have to score when you get the chance. We had 9 or 10 clear-cut chances and we didn't take them. If we play like this in Dortmund and score more goals, everything will be fine. »
The captain of the France team has indeed had several big chances of goals. As early as the 9th minute, he could have opened the scoring on a cross from Achraf Hakimi but his backheel was not powerful enough to beat Nick Pope. At the end of the match, in the 87th minute, it was a first shot blocked by Nick Pope and then a second just wide of the goal that could have allowed Kylian Mbappé to come back into the game. It was finally from the penalty spot that he managed to find the back of the net. However, it was not enough to snatch victory.