Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Kylian Mbappe is “unstoppable” and “the best player in Europe.”
Mbappe is highly predicted to leave Paris for Real Madrid when his contract ends in the summer, but he was all-in with PSG on Tuesday, scoring a 94th-minute winner to give PSG a slim first-leg advantage in the Champions League last-16.
The 23-year-old destroyed PSG’s left side, and he rounded off a spectacular performance with a goal in the dying seconds, leaving a heartbroken Ancelotti speechless.
“The best player in European football is Mbappe. We attempted to restrict Mbappe, but he is unstoppable. Militao has done exceptionally well, but he is a player who is constantly inventing new things”, Ancelotti stated.
Real Madrid defended solidly over 93 minutes, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois even saving a Lionel Messi penalty, but they still have work to do in the return leg on March 9.
At the final whistle, Mbappe granted a Spanish interview in which he was asked if his match-winning performance was motivated by a desire to impress Real Madrid, his likely next employer.
“I haven’t decided about my future. I am a part of Paris Saint-Germain, which is one of the top clubs in the world “, he told Movistar.
Last summer, Real Madrid had two bids for Mbappe rejected, the second for £154 million, but they are poised to sign him on a free transfer when his contract expires in June.
The drama of the strikers played out at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night, and while Messi missed his penalty and Mbappe scored the game-winning goal, it was a much more chastening evening for the returning Karim Benzema, who had been out for two games.
Benzema struggled to make an impact on the game, but Ancelotti argued that it had nothing to do with his injury and was instead due to the team’s performance.