Tuchel: “Mbappe could have scored 4 or 5 goals”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield on September 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel believes Kylian Mbappe should have taken home the match ball in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Nimes.

The 20-year-old forward’s incredible rise in the football world continued on Saturday when he scored his 51st Ligue 1 goal with a second-half brace as PSG extended their lead in the standings to 17 points.

Mbappe scored the first of his goals by slotting home Juan Bernat’s cross to double PSG’s lead after Christopher Nkunku had given the French champions a first-half lead.

Nkunku would go on to play a big role in PSG’s third goal by setting up Mbappe to seal a 3-0 win for Tuchel’s men.

Although Mbappe was rather unfortunate to not have scored more times after seeing two strikes ruled out for offside and handball before missing two more golden chances.

Nevertheless, Tuchel was satisfied with his top scorer even if he feels that more goals were a possibility.

“Yes [he was very good], but today he could have scored four or five [goals],” Tuchel told Canal Plus.

“[But] he’s a phenomenon, he has extraordinary qualities. He plays in a good team; we are able to create a lot of opportunities.

“It’s up to him, Edi [Edinson Cavani] and Angel [Di Maria] to finish the opportunities.”

Tuchel added: “In the first-half Nimes tried to close the space, but in the second half we played very well, with a lot of quality.

FARO, PORTUGAL - JULY 20: LOSC Lille forward Nicolas Pepe from Ivory Coast during the match between FC Porto v LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 20, 2018 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Barcelona target Nicolas Pepe will leave Lille this summer

Lille OSC manager Christophe Galtier announced that Nicolas Pepe "will leave" in the summer amid reported interest from Barcelona.

“We should have scored more goals because we had a lot of great opportunities.”

Mbappe has now managed 22 goals and six assists in just 20 Ligue 1 games and comfortably leads the scoring charts in the league.

“I work every day to try and help my team to the maximum,” Mbappe said. “I try to have fun too.

“Football is still fun. Scoring goals and breaking records is what drives me. I always assume that one day someone will come and do better, so you always have to go beyond your limits.”

PSG have now made it 10 wins out of 11 matches in all competitions and appear to be getting even stronger as the season progresses.

The Parisians will be back in action on Tuesday away to Dijon FCO in a Coupe de France quarter-final clash.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here