Kylian Mbappe arrived in Munich with a heroic reputation and a point to prove after a record-breaking weekend. The French star was determined to help Paris Saint-Germain overcome a 1-0 deficit in the first leg of their heavyweight Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich.
Mbappe was an unused substitute in the first leg and was desperate to make an impact in the second. He had scored four goals against Barcelona on the weekend, becoming the first player in Champions League history to score four goals in a single game.
The 21-year-old forward was also the first teenager to reach 40 Champions League goals and the youngest player to reach 50 goals in the history of the competition.
Despite his impressive record in the competition, Mbappe was aware that the task facing him and his PSG teammates in Munich would be a difficult one. Bayern had won the last five Champions League matches at their Allianz Arena, scoring 16 goals and conceding none.
Mbappe and his teammates were determined to defy the odds and reach the quarter-final stage. PSG had the firepower to cause Bayern problems, with Neymar, Angel di Maria, Mauro Icardi and Mbappe providing the bulk of the team’s attacking threat.
The French champions had also been boosted by the return from injury of Idrissa Gueye, who had missed the first leg through injury.
Mbappe was determined to lead PSG to victory in Munich and continue his remarkable run of form in the Champions League. He had become the first player in history to score four goals in a single game and the youngest player to reach 50 goals in the competition.
The stage was set for another classic Champions League encounter and Mbappe was determined to make his mark.