Mbappe explains giving up the penalty for Messi
Mbappe says they need to support Messi because they need him.
In a night thatParis Saint-Germain
managed to defeatClub Brugge
, who had scored two goals, had the chance to complete a hat-trick he gave the penalty shot toMessi
, and after the game, he said that he did it because the team needs Messi and that he will always be an important player.
"We are going to need Lionel Messi,"
Mbappe said after the game.
"He remains Lionel Messi. We are going to need him during the season, and I am sure he will help us when the important [games] arrive.
"He has to arrive with confidence for these matches. It is good for him that he finishes with two goals, but it is also good for us for the future."
The France international claims that he cares about the whole team more than individual goals, although he has scored 11 goals and provided 12 assists for his teammates in 22 games in all competitions this season.
"I'm trying to help the team,"
Mbappe told RMC Sport
. "It's not my goal to show who the boss is. I try to help the team, and my team-mates give it back to me so that I perform well too."
The Parisians’ boss
has also talked about the pair, insisting that he is happy with his stars’ relationship.
"I'm happy that Leo and Kylian scored two goals, they are attacking players who need to know the way to the net.
"They can all take the penalty, with their quality. It is up to them to identify, at the moment, who needs it most, who is the most confident. This is something they decide for themselves on the pitch.
"You can say Leo, Kylian, Ney [Neymar], Angel [Di Maria], Marquinhos, Verratti. They can all take a penalty, but in the moment it's a matter of trust and taking responsibility.
"I believe that creating these relationships, the way they get closer, appreciate each other, respect each other, gives even more strength to their talent. But all these things take time. The seed is planted, the buds come out and in time there will be a plant, a tree and beautiful flowers."
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