Kylian Mbappé admits that the resumption of the season is complicated for PSG, due to the sequence of matches.
Kylian Mbappé started on the bench on Saturday night against Dijon (which did not prevent him from scoring a brace). The French striker needed a little rest as he, like many internationals, has been subjected to hellish pace since the resumption of competition.
The start of the 2020-2021 season, immediately after the Final 8 of the Champions League, was complicated to manage. “The recovery was difficult physically, but especially mentally, because there was no preparation. We came back from a final at the end of August, then we went to selection, other players had Covid. It was special. It’s a special year to adapt to, ”Mbappé explains on the PSG website.
“For me, we are in the 60th game of the season”
“Mentally, it’s difficult to recover,” said the Paris forward. In my mind, and many of us are feeling it, this is not a new season. It’s like it’s a continuation of the last season. For me, we are in the 60th game of the season, and not in the 9th game of the new season. For me, a new season is when you have a cut in which you have had time to recharge your batteries. Here we are just in extra time, it’s a marathon that continues, so it’s not easy. “
The most difficult, for Mbappé, is not to have had a cut after the final of the Champions League. The Parisians simply had a few days of vacation, which turned into a nightmare for some, especially those who had gone to Ibiza. “Normally, after the Champions League final, you win, or you lose, but after that you have vacations, where a competition for the national team and then vacations. But whatever happens, you cut with the football, you recharge the batteries to be efficient and to prepare well for a new season. There, we lost the final, and we had to replay it right away. Me, I love to play, I love the sport, I always love to be on the pitch, so you will never see me complaining about matches. But to say that it is not easy to manage, it is not a complaint, it is an observation. “
And yet, PSG must continue. In particular these three Champions League matches in three weeks, a specificity due to the late resumption of C1. After the defeat against Manchester, the capital club must continue this Wednesday with a delicate trip to Istanbul, to face Basaksehir. “This is not the first time that we have lost the first match of the group stage,” Mbappé recalls. We know how to react. The matches go on quickly and we will try to win Istanbul to do justice to this jersey and the club. “