‘I shouldn’t have come back’: Kylian Mbappe admits he rushed his PSG return in Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich – as the forward insists he ‘gave everything’ in surprise cameo after battling with a thigh injury
Kylian Mbappe has admitted he should not have played in Paris Saint Germain’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich with the forward having rushed back from a thigh injury.
Mbappe had initially been ruled out for three weeks after sustaining the injury in the French champions 3-1 loss to Montpellier at the start of the month.
The French star missed PSG’s next three matches before being passed fit to be named in their squad for first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, despite having completed just one-and-a-half training sessions in two weeks.
Mbappe began Tuesday’s match on the bench but was introduced substitute in the 57th minute with his side trailing 1-0.
Despite lacking match fitness, Mbappe appeared to have earned a draw for the hosts but saw a goal ruled out for an offside in the build-up.
Kylian Mbappe admits he rushed back for the Champions League after coming off the bench
The star saw a goal ruled out for offside as PSG sought an equaliser against Bayern Munich
Mbappe admitted to reporters post-match that he had rushed his comeback, but had no regrets about featuring in the first leg.
‘I’m not 100 per cent but I felt good enough to try to help the guys and play a little bit. Basically, I shouldn’t have come back,’ Mbappe said.
‘I tried everything, tried to put everything on my side so as not to have any regrets. I would have liked to play this game (in full).
‘These are matches that we want to play, for which we work.
‘Watching from the sidelines is very difficult, today, I only had 30 minutes to give. I gave everything.
‘[PSG coach] Christophe Galtier asked me to be as decisive as possible and try to give the team a boost.
‘I think they needed it, but I was unable to change the result.’
PSG were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes, with the poor display prompting players including Neymar and Lionel Messi to apologise to fans.
PSG suffered a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich prompting players to apologise to the home fans
PSG have now lost five matches in 2023 and now need to beat Bayern at the Allianz Arena next month if they are to advance in Europe.
Mbappe claimed PSG had been hampered by injuries for the first leg, but expressed confidence the side can overcome the German champions in the second leg.
‘We will go there to qualify,’ Mbappe said. ‘We know that there is a possibility.
‘We have to continue and recover well, get everyone back healthy and all come back at 100 per cent, and I’m sure it can go well.”