Kylian Mbappé reveals PSG game plan to stop Joshua Kimmich from Bayern Munich

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé did major damage to Bayern Munich in his side’s 3-2 win over the Bavarians in the Champions League.

As Bayern Munich dominated long stretches of the game, Mbappé and his partner in crime, Neymar, were tasked with carrying out two specific orders from manager Mauricio Pochettino:

  • Close Joshua Kimmich’s passing lanes.
  • Race deep behind the Bayern Munich baseline.

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PSG failed in their quest to disrupt Joshua Kimmich, but managed to terrorize Bayern Munich’s back line.
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One in two isn’t bad … and in this case worked fine. While Kimmich put on a stellar performance, Neymar and Mbappé gave the Bavarians’ backline a fit throughout the game.

“The coach wanted me and Neymar to close the passing lines on Kimmich,” Mbappé told RMC Sport (captured by Sport1). “I was supposed to run deep to get over Bayern’s block and force them to run because they don’t like it. It worked well today.

There might not be an easy way to upset Kimmich, but PSG have clearly found a consistent way to create problems for the Bayern Munich defense. If the Bavarians cannot fix this issue next Tuesday, it could be a long journey home from Paris.