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UCL: Mbappe determined to carry PSG past Bayern

After a record-breaking weekend with Paris Saint-Germain, Kylian Mbappe is determined to lead the French giants past Bayern and into the quarterfinals of the Champions League as they travel to Munich. Due to an injury, Mbappe was limited to a cameo appearance off the bench in the match last month, leaving PSG down 1-0 after the first leg of the intense last-16 affair. But, the 24-year-old France superstar did enough in his brief time on the field to demonstrate that he can turn the tie in favor of the Parisians, including having a goal disallowed for a slight offside. The Ligue 1 leaders have since rebounded from a worrisome run of form to win three straight domestic matches while scoring 11 goals. Five of them have been scored by Mbappe, who, five and a half years after joining PSG from Monaco in 2017, surpassed Edinson Cavani to become the club's all-time leading scorer with one in Saturday's 4-2 victory against Nantes. The player who, in December, became the first since Geoff Hurst in 1966 to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, has an incredible record of 201 goals from 247 appearances while wearing a PSG jersey. Every football player strives to make an impression and have his name recorded in football history in order to be remembered. In front of a cheering throng, Mbappe accepted a trophy from PSG and remarked, "I think with this record that people will remember me here.

Even though Lionel Messi recently edged Mbappe out for the Best FIFA Men's Player title, the teenager has 30 goals in 30 games for his team this season and has a good case for being the finest player in the world right now. With 18 goals for PSG this season, Messi primarily serves Mbappe in Christophe Galtier's squad, for whom Neymar's injury-related absence from Munich - and for several more months - may not be an issue. Yet it would truly matter to PSG and their Qatari owners if they lost in the first round of the Champions League for the sixth time in seven seasons. One of the most significant performances of Mbappe's career with PSG thus far was in Munich the following year, despite the fact that they lost to Bayern in Lisbon in 2020, their only appearance to yet in the final. Mbappe scored twice in a 3-2 quarterfinal first-leg victory over Bayern in an empty Allianz Arena on a wintry night in April 2021. He got Paris out to a quick 2-0 lead. Bayern managed to tie the score, only for Mbappe to score the game-winning goal. The Frenchman appeared to be curling the ball into the far corner when he instead smashed the ball past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at the near post.

The game on Wednesday is already on my mind. Mbappe stated on Saturday, "We are heading to Munich with the obvious aim of qualifying," before denying claims that a PSG exit would hasten his departure from the club. This match won't matter, in my opinion. Without intending to be disrespectful to the team, if I had tied my future to the Champions League, I would have left long ago. I'm thrilled to be here and I'm glad to be here. I am only focused on making PSG successful right now. In Bavaria, PSG might need Mbappe's goals more than ever because coach Galtier is not dealing with his defensive issues. His team has performed best this season when playing with three centre-backs, but the loss of Presnel Kimpembe for the remainder of the season due to an achilles injury has reduced the coach's choices in that area. Nordi Mukiele and captain Marquinhos were both forced off games over the weekend due to injuries to their ribs. The former is anticipated to play even if not totally healthy because of how vital his mobility is to a defense that also includes an aging Sergio Ramos. Although Achraf Hakimi might return at right-back less than a week after being accused of rape, Mukiele's presence would also be beneficial. PSG has stated that they are assisting the Moroccan player while the case is investigated and that the player's ability to leave France is unaffected by the judicial proceedings.

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