Hexagoal Ligue 1 Trophy

Kylian Mbappé eyeing up more records

Publish on 29/04/2018 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


At just 19 years of age, Paris Saint-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappé is a young man in a hurry, and it's not just his lightning speed across the football pitch...

The teenaged France international has just secured back to back Ligue 1 Conforama championships and his first with PSG, and his thirst for records and making history shows no sign of abating.  

"Winning a trophy is always a special feeling," he told the Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS. "We're always very proud. We work hard all year long. Here in France, everyone had us down as favourites but we still had to go out and do it, because if we didn't do it, everyone would have been on our backs and we would have been the first to be disappointed. We're very happy to have done what we needed to do in the league.

'We know we can make history'

"Now there are more records to be broken. We're all competitors and the motivation of making history will drive us now. We can set a new record for the number of points in a season, we know that we can make history and we're not going to let it pass us by, we'll do everything we can to make history."

On the scoresheet in his first match for Paris against FC Metz, Mbappé also scored in his first European match for the capital club away to Celtic. Mbappé settled very quickly to life in the capital, a lightning adaptation to his new surroundings that could have been a real shock for the teenager.

'Change planet!'

"You change planet when you come here, both on and off the pitch," he continued. "In terms of the media attention as well, everyone is watching us, everything. It really is two different worlds. But like I've always said, I really felt at home very quickly. I managed to adapt very quickly, play well and score goals. It's a good start and now I have to go on with it and have a better season next year."

A champion with AS Monaco last season and now PSG this, Mbappé think the two title-winning teams he has played for in his short career to date are radically different on the pitch as much as off it.

    Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappé combined for 36 Ligue 1 Conforama goals last season. 

"With Monaco, we were much more a counter-attacking side, where we waited for the first mistake from our opponent to punish them. With Paris, our opponents sit back. You have to create the openings, there less long runs to make, a lot more short sprints, little steps, changing direction. It's different, but it's adding something new to my game, to become a more complete player. It's good.

Role change

"I also played more centrally at Monaco, a much more central role and it was me that played like a target man. I tried to set up Radamel Falcao from time to time, but it's true that now, playing on the wing, you really have to work hard for the team. When you're the striker, the team works for you, you just finish off the work. When you're on the wing, you are there to set up your teammates. You have to be a lot more altruistic and that's what I'm trying to do this year and it's been working pretty well."

With so much success already in his career, it is easy to forget that Mbappé is still some eight months away from turning 20. He may have turned into a hero for many, but the player himself still has others that he looks up to.

"Wherever I see what other players do on television, Neymar for example, I see things on television and think: 'why couldn't I try that'. So you try it and if it works, great, if it doesn't, you get back in position. It's instinct. You get the ball, you do it, that's it. You don’t think about it, because in the time it takes you to think, you've been tackled. I think it's all about instinct. I've always played that way and I always will."

More targets

Mbappé has scored 13 Ligue 1 Conforama goals this season, assisting another eight, but with a FIFA World Cup with France on the horizon, the flying forward is refusing to rest on his laurels having helped PSG to their seventh French top flight title.

"There are highs and lows throughout the season, times when you're in good form and others when you're not. When you keep your feet on the ground, when you keep working hard, I think you will always get what you deserve. We have won several trophies and there's still one more to come, and then the World Cup, so this year could get even better."