Kylian Mbappe: Forward has become 'more ruthless'
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane couldn’t resist taking a cheeky jab at Barcelona after the Catalan side’s Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG put Barcelona to the sword at the Nou Camp on Tuesday with a 4-1 demolition job.
The Parisiens were ruthless going forward and nullified the Barcelona attack in what was a one-sided game.
The result leaves Barca staring down the barrel of being dumped out of the competition in the first knockout round, something Zidane clearly took pleasure in.
When asked about the game, he couldn’t help himself from making a cheeky joke at Barca’s expense.
He explained that he wasn’t surprised to see Kylian Mbappe score a hat-trick in the game, despite the magnitude of the event.
Mbappe was in the form of his life in Catalunya, scoring after the half hour mark with an impressive finish before grabbing two in the second half.
The French wonderkid upstaged Lionel Messi in the game and cemented his place as one of the best players in the world, though few would have predicted the manner in which he went about it.
Zidane, however, claims he could. Speaking at a press conference on Friday he expressed he wasn’t surprised with the way Mbappe took apart the Barcelona defence.
He said, as quoted by Marca: “Yes, everyone talks about the game, and what Mbappe did does not surprise anyone because I know him.
“I watched it as a fan and, to make it clear, the most important thing is what we have to do tomorrow and the rest I watch with pleasure and attention.”
Madrid have been heavily linked with a move to sign Mbappe this summer, when PSG could be forced to sell.
The wonderkid – who is one of the most valuable footballers in the world, is out of contract in 2022 and could be sold this summer so PSG can avoid losing him for free.
Madrid will likely be at the front of the queue if he does become available, considering Zidane’s public flirting with the star in the past.
But Zidane refused to get too drawn into the speculation, and insisted he didn’t watch PSG’s game against Barcelona as a scouting mission.
“I will not go into [transfer speculation],” he said when asked about the star.
“I watch all the games and I always enjoy when I see good things.
“I’m just like all fans in that sense,” he said, when asked if he’d watched PSG’s win.
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