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Sport Mbappe already one of the world's greats, beams Pochettino after Barcelona mauling

02:09  17 february  2021
02:09  17 february  2021 Source:   goal.com

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At the age of 22, Mbappe has already won the World Cup with France and his latest showing signalled his "It is clear that he is a great footballer, today he has shown it with this hat-trick," said PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino . Messi's contract with Barcelona ends this season. The future looks bright for Mbappe and PSG, but Messi Meet the brothers revamping some of the world ' s most powerful cars.

Kylian Mbappe believes the best is still to come from Paris Saint-Germain after his stunning hat-trick helped the French club to a memorable 4- 1 win over Barcelona in their Champions League last 16 Moise Kean scored PSG' s other goal. Asked about the role of recently-appointed coach Mauricio Pochettino in PSG' s victory, Mbappe insisted the Argentine had built on the foundations that were already in place under his predecessor. "The coach has done a marvellous job since he arrived but he has also carried on the work done by Thomas Tuchel who had done an extraordinary job taking

Kylian Mbappe proved he is already one of the world's greatest players after netting a hat-trick in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 win over Barcelona, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

a man holding a football ball: Kylian Mbappe left with the match ball after leading PSG's rout of Barcelona © Getty Images Kylian Mbappe left with the match ball after leading PSG's rout of Barcelona

PSG battered Barca in Camp Nou on Tuesday, the Parisian's taking an emphatic away win into the second leg at the Parc des Princes next month.

While all eyes were on PSG-linked Messi before the game, Mbappe showed why he is regarded by many as the Argentinian's heir to the 'best player in the world' label.

After Messi opened the scoring from the spot, Mbappe went on to net a stunning treble that was completed late on with a gorgeous first-time effort that found the top-right corner, in doing so becoming the first away player to net a Champions League hat-trick in Camp Nou since Andriy Shevchenko in 1997.

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Any footballer in the world would have been proud of the 25-yard strike from the Stuttgart defender. Raphael Varane - 6.5. Solid at the back, although conceding three will remain a concern, even against such a talented attack. Samuel Umtiti - 6.5. Looked shaky in the opening minutes, he improved as the game went on but still struggled to contain team Beaten four times and certainly should have done better with No 3, Mbappe ' s first. No great improvement on Caballero. Gabriel Mercado - 6. Argentina' s second goal was fortunate, although he did well to react and shape his foot to guide the ball past Lloris.

Pochettino championed the Frenchman at full-time, but also urged his team to remain humble.

"We have no doubt that Kylian is one of the greatest players in the world despite his youth," Pochettino told RMC Sport.


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"He has already done extraordinary things, but we must remain humble. There are 90 minutes left and they have great players. There is still a second leg."

The result gives PSG a massive advantage ahead of the second leg, though they of all clubs will be aware of what can happen when complacency sets in.

This was PSG's first trip to Barcelona since the 2017 humiliation, when they surrendered a 4-0 first-leg lead by losing 6-1 in the return leg.

As such, Pochettino was keen to stress PSG cannot get absorbed in any talk about their performance in Camp Nou being "perfect".

"There is no such thing as perfection," he added. "I am happy with the result and how we played, but we have to remain humble.

"On Sunday we have a big match against Monaco, we are already looking towards this match."

This was the first time Barcelona have conceded four goals in a home Champions League knockout match in over 23 years.

They have never progressed in a European knockout tie when losing their first game at home.

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