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UCL: I was not supposed to play — Mbappe

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Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe has insisted the team is not so sad after their 1-0 loss to Bayern at the Parc des Princes in the first leg of their round of 16.

The striker was introduced in the second half and changed the tempo of the game, scoring two goals that were disallowed for offside after returning from a hamstring injury.
The France international suffered the injury on February 1 and was told he would be out for three weeks said there is plenty still to play for if they play with more spirit.

“Of course, there is always hope, it’s only a first leg, it’s played over two games. We knew it before the game and we know it even more now. We are going to work, recover everyone and try to start winning again, already it is important to go there to qualify,” he told reporters.

“We only lost 1-0 and there is no longer this away goal rule. If we play our attacking football and score once, we’re tied. Afterwards, we will have to play with what we have in our pants to go and get the victory and qualify.”

Mbappe who rushed back from injury for the game admitted that he was not supposed to play, but does not regret coming on.

“I’m not 100% but I felt good enough to try to help my friends and play a little bit. Basically, I shouldn’t have come back. 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),” he added.

“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. I will try to recover to be as efficient as possible.”

PSG will hope for a fully fit Mbappe in the return leg as the Ligue 1 giants looked far more threatening with the striker on the pitch.

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