Kylian Mbappe has helped Paris Saint Germain to win the 2021 French Cup, known as Coupe de France by scoring a goal and providing an assist.
On Wednesday, May 19, PSG faced Monaco at Stade de France for the final of the French Cup. Despite the absence of Neymar, PSG went on to beat Monaco 2-0 to win the Coupe de France.
In the match, Kylian Mbappe who has scored a total number of 41 goals and provided 11 assists in 46 games in all competitions this season, took advantage of Monaco’s defensive blunder to break into Monaco’s defense.
Despite having a clear chance to score, the 22-year-old French striker decided to pass the ball to Mauro Icardi who was in a better position to score and he didn’t disappoint Mbappe.
The goal Icardi scored in the 18th minute was all the game recorded throughout the first half. In the second half, Monaco’s defense remained solid while their attack line tried to get back into the game.
Unfortunately for Monaco, they couldn’t deal with the pace of Kylian Mbappe towards the end of the game. The French superstar scored the second goal of the match in the 81st minute to give PSG a 2-0 victory.
After helping PSG to win the French Cup at the Stade de France, Mbappe described himself as a happy guy who wants to enjoy the title with little or no worries about his future at PSG.
Hence, the French star refused to talk about his future at PSG amid speculations that he might leave the club at the end of this season since he hasn’t extended his contract with the club. Instead, he told French 2 how great it feels to play for the French giants.
He said: “You have to enjoy the title, that’s the most important thing. Look at all the happy people! This is the most important thing and I am the first happy guy.
“We work every day to have this type of emotion, reward, and recognition. It’s the work of a whole group, a whole staff who work every day for us, for the club and of course the supporters who could not be there. We think about them a lot and this title is for them.
“When you play for Paris Saint-Germain, one of the best clubs in the world, the biggest club in the country, every title counts to go down in history. Plus it’s a young club, we want to be part of this history and it’s a great stage today.”
Why Kylian Mbappe played without Neymar
Neymar was missing in action in the final of the French Cup because the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) refused to overturn the one-match ban he had before the game.
Neymar received a yellow card in the semi-final against Montpellier which led him to be given a game ban due to an accumulation of yellow cards. PSG tried to appeal the ban but the appeal failed.
Hence, Kylian Mbappe was left to shoulder the responsibility of winning the French Cup for PSG which he did perfectly by scoring a goal and providing an assist in PSG’s 2-0 win over Monaco on Wednesday.
Now that the French Cup is over for this season, the attention of the club has been turned to the club’s last league game of the season scheduled to kick-off at 20:00 on May 23.
In the Ligue 1 game which is against Brest, Mbappe might play alongside Neymar and a win in the game could give them the Ligue 1 title if Lille suffer defeat at the hands of Angers on May 23.
Lille are currently topping the Ligue 1 table with 80 points, a point above PSG with just a league game to go.