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‘Leader’ Mbappe eyes Champions League win after Barcelona comeback

Kylian Mbappe has said it is his ‘dream’ to win the Champions League for Paris Saint-Germain after starring in his side’s comeback win against Barcelona.

Trailing 3-2 from the first leg in the French capital, PSG seemed destined for a European exit after falling behind in the return to a Raphinha goal. However, the game turned when Ronald Araujo was sent off for bringing down Bradley Barcelona on 29 minutes.

 

Ousmane Dembele equalised for PSG against his former side before half-time and the Ligue 1 champions made their man advantage count after the break. Vitinha drilled in to make it 2-1 and level the aggregate score, before Mbappe slammed home a spot-kick to put PSG ahead in the tie, after Joao Cancelo had brought down Dembele.

Mbappe turned in his second of the night late on to seal PSG’s place in the semi-finals, where Borussia Dortmund await.

The 25-year-old, who will leave PSG at the end of the campaign, has said his dream is to end his time in Paris with the Champions League.

“I have the dream of winning the Champions League for Paris,” Mbappe said, as per the BBC.

“I’m proud to be at PSG since the first day. It’s not because there are good times and bad times that my pride takes a hit. The pride of playing for this club, of representing the club of the capital of my country, it’s something special for me who grew up there.

“To experience an evening like this one as a Parisian, it’s great. We have one more step to go before we reach the final in Wembley, so we need to stay calm.”

 

PSG boss Luis Enrique hailed Mbappe as the leader of his team and said the club’s leading goalscorer brings the level up of those around him.

“He was a leader from start to finish, and when a team senses that a player as important as him is ready to bring everyone with him, you make the most of it.”

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