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Mbappe admits ´I didn´t do enough´ following PSG´s Champions League exit

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 8 May 2024

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Kylian Mbappe shouldered the blame for Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, which saw them exit the Champions League semi-finals 2-0 on aggregate.

Mbappe, who is set to leave PSG at the end of the season, was unable to inspire the Ligue 1 champions as they fell short in their latest quest to land the European crown.

The France captain registered a game-high three shots on target and 12 touches in the opposition box during the second leg at Parc des Princes, but his tally of just 51 touches overall was the second-lowest recorded by any PSG player.

And the 25-year-old admitted he should have made a more significant contribution towards his team’s cause.

“I tried to help my team as best as I could, but I didn’t do enough,” he said. “I’m the guy who should score goals and be decisive. When things are good, I take all the limelight and when they are not, you have to take the shadow.

“That’s not a problem. The first one who should have scored tonight was me. That’s life, and we have to move on – me and the team.”

PSG enjoyed the lion’s share of possession (69.5 per cent) during the second leg and registered four times as many shots as their opponents did (30 to seven), hitting the woodwork four times.

“In decisive Champions League matches, when you’re not effective in both boxes, it’s difficult to get through to the next round,” Mbappe added. “Even more so when we’re talking about a final.

“We’re certainly disappointed, but it’s not all doom and gloom. We need to build on that and keep working, because I’m sure we’ll get there.”

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