Kylian Mbappé: "I thought it was going to be a special day for me"

Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Enrique as well as Ethan and Kylian Mbappé spoke to PSG TV after the 3-1 home win over FC Metz on Matchday 17 of Ligue 1 on Wednesday.


"We were expecting a tough game, no doubt about it. We already knew that and we prepared the players accordingly. It's difficult to attack a team that is so defensive, a team that is above all physical, powerful and quick. We had to play at a high tempo throughout the first half and in the second half the spaces opened up. I think in the first half we moved the ball around very well, but we lacked movement without the ball. Then we tried to occupy the space and finish the moves, to be more intelligent, more efficient and more precise. But we started the first half very well, we tired our opponents by making them chase the ball, and that ended up giving us more options later in the game. We were able to open the scoring and I think we deserved the win.

At a club like Paris Saint-Germain, there's so much pressure and intensity on each and every player. It's important to make the most of time with the family, the holidays, for everyone who is part of the club to spend a few days with their families, and not think about anything else. I'd like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the Paris fans and wish them and everyone at the club a happy festive season. As far as Ethan is concerned, he's a player who deserved his debut, and he earned it at every training session. I've liked him from the start, he's got a lot of qualities. He has a family name that could be a bit too heavy for some people to wear on their back, but he's a player with a lot of quality. I'm sure he's going to play a lot of games for Paris Saint-Germain. He's already the club's present and I hope he'll be one of the players of the future as well."


"It feels great, especially to make my debut here, at the Parc des Princes, in front of our supporters. I'm very happy and I hope more will follow. I think it was a nice birthday present for my brother, I'm very happy for him, as well as for myself. He scored two great goals so I think he's got to be happy!"


"I'm very happy! It's great for Ethan, but even more so for me as his big brother. I thought it was going to be a special day for me, and this match will live long time in my memories. Ethan coming off the bench was the most important thing this evening, even if winning and scoring goals is always special. It's a great day!"