Kylian Mbappe is not concerned by Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming Champions League clash with Manchester United, despite a shock defeat at Lyon.
PSG’s unbeaten league season came crashing down on Sunday night, with Nabil Fekir netting a second-half winner from the penalty spot.
Mbappe admitted the absence of the injured Neymar was troubling, but he is not willing to make excuses ahead of the trip to Old Trafford in eight days’ time.
‘I don’t know if the defeat was deserved. In the first half it was deserved, but after half-time, we still dominated,’ he said afterwards.
‘We started well. We have hurt Lyon, who let the storm pass before starting to hit top gear. Lyon had opportunities and scored.
‘We also had situations. After half-time, we put them back in the game. They scored on the only occasion they had, a penalty.
‘We have not realised our many opportunities. I’m not worried about the Champions League match. We must take it match by match and wait for the Champions League.
‘It feels good to play matches like that. Facing teams that play is the best way to prepare for the upcoming deadlines. It’s up to us to win.
‘The goal was to remain undefeated and we will try not to lose again by the end of the season. It’s complicated, yes, to play without Neymar. You must accept it.
‘Last season, he was also injured and it would be nice not to make the same mistakes, otherwise it would mean that we did not learn anything.’
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant’s Mike Phelan were in the stands in the south of France just hours after the 1-0 victory at Leicester on Sunday.
They saw Angel di Maria’s seventh-minute strike turned around by Moussa Dembele and Fekir in a shock result.