Kylian Mbappe is confident that 2-1 loss to Man United won’t affect PSG

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Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint Germain is confident that his club would bounce back stronger and qualify for the next round of the UEFA Champions League despite a 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

Recall that Manchester United visited PSG’s Parc Des Princes on October 20 and against all odds, Manchester United returned to England with the three maximum points after a 2-1 scoreline.

The home loss forced the French reigning champions to sit on the 3rd spot (out of four) after the first round of matches in the Champions League. This means that the French club have to do more in their subsequent Champions League group matches starting with Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday, October 28.

On Monday, October 26, Kylian Mbappe argued that this season was not the first time that Paris Saint Germain started their UEFA Champions League campaign on a losing note. He, however, lamented that the short intervals of games this season have made every game more difficult.

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Kylian Mbappe taking on Manchester United players on October 20.
Kylian Mbappe taking on Manchester United players on October 20.

“It’s not the first time that we’ve lost the first match of the group stage. We know how to react,” Kylian Mbappe said.

“The matches succeed each other quickly and we’ll try to win in Istanbul to honor the shirt and the club.

“All matches are important, but when you play every two or three days, it remains difficult, even if you are the biggest competitor.”

Though the UEFA Champions League group H is basically for Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United, yet, the other two clubs in the group, RB Leipzig (the current table-toppers) and Istanbul Basaksehir can displace one of them.

A team that is most likely to displace either PSG or Manchester United is RB Leipzig that beat Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0 on October 20. If the German club beat Manchester United on Wednesday, October 28, it will be almost impossible for them to drop below the top two spots.

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However, Manchester United’s meeting with Paris Saint Germain at Old Trafford on December 2, could be the group decider if no much damage is done between now and then.

Still, Manchester United and PSG remain the most favorite to make it out of the group if they don’t drop points to the other two clubs in the group.

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