Silent during the World Cup, Bondy’s crack spoke after PSG’s victory over Strasbourg on Wednesday, during the 16th day of L1.
Kylian Mbappé breaks the silence. Mute throughout the World Cup, with the exception of a very brief appearance in the post-match conference, once, the child of Bondy spoke in the mixed zone on Wednesday, after the 2-1 victory against Strasbourg. A match in which he scored the winning penalty in the 96th minute of play, while PSG finished at ten. Not enough to allow “Kyk’s” to wipe the slate clean after the lost final against Argentina, but enough to put a smile on his face and consolidate his status as a favorite with the public at the Parc des Princes. The words of crack.
His emotion at the end of the match : “It’s great, it was a difficult match that we managed to win, we are very happy. We were in a Parc des Princes on fire, they really accompanied us, helped us, pushed us, we really got the 12th man. It really helped us to win this game.»
Return to play after the World Cup : “It was complicated hours, but it feels good to reconnect with victory, to have a link with the supporters, a link with the club, the people, the teammates. And doing it while winning is always easier.»
A desire to turn the page after the World Cup to explain this rapid return : “Sure. We discussed throughout the World Cup with the coach (Christophe Galtier), the management, the staff, to find out what was best for the team first and for me too. We spoke before the final, and I said that I would come back whatever the result because I felt good and that I wanted to continue playing, I didn’t want to go on vacation right away. I wanted to continue playing because we have two important matches (Strasbourg and Lens on Sunday, editor’s note). The coach said: “no problem”. And I’ve been lined up tonight.”
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I am still determined to bring all the trophies back to the capital.
The message by resuming so quickly : “The message was simple: no matter what will happen in selection, victory or defeat, PSG is something else. I am still determined to bring all the trophies back to the capital.»
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More pressure for penalties in the World Cup final or that of Strasbourg : “The two. These are different emotions, different scenarios. At the World Cup, we lose. There, it’s a penalty that you know will give you the victory. In the World Cup, we did not know if it was going to give the victory.»
The final against Argentina : “Digested? I will never digest it. Now, as I told the coach and the teammates, there is no reason why my club will pay for a failure in selection. These are two very different situations. From there, PSG are not responsible for our defeat in the final. I tried to come back with the best possible energy, as positive as possible. Even if I’m not playing a crazy match today, I continued to believe in it, to push, because I knew that with nothing we could settle the situation. That’s what we did, very late in the game (96th), so we’re very happy. (…) I tried to bring momentum to my team to win and continue this season in which we are undefeated. It was a World Cup parenthesis, the selection has nothing to do with the club.»
The celebrations (of the Argentines), it’s not my problem, I don’t waste energy in such futile things.
The celebrations of the Argentinians and Leo Messi : “I chatted with him after the game for a bit, I congratulated him, it was the quest of a lifetime for him. For me too, but I failed. You always have to be a good player and the celebrations are not my problem. I don’t waste energy on such trivial things. The most important thing for me is to give the best of myself for my club. We will wait for Leo to return to start winning matches again, to score goals (Messi must return to Paris on January 2 or 3, editor’s note).»
The reception of the Parc des Princes, the song of the supporters in his honor : “I didn’t hear well because I was far away, I heard my name. But it’s really nice, I thank the supporters. When you come back to a situation like mine, it’s always heartwarming that you’re at home, it’s a pleasure.»
When is the rest : “We will discuss with the coach, as we have always done. We’ll talk and you’ll find out soon enough. I won’t need to tell you, you will know I think (laughs).»
Last game in 2022 : “Already, I wish you all the best wishes, I hope you will have a good time with the family. We will meet on the 1st (January in Lens) I think, so I will have time to wish you a happy new year. It was a good year. There have been ups and downs but you always have to learn the lessons and try to come back stronger the year after.»
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