Kylian Mbappe has hailed PSG’s physios for helping him recover from an ankle injury in time for the Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta as he came off the bench to set up a dramatic winner.
Thomas Tuchel men looked to be heading out in the last eight of the competition yet again after Mario Pasalic had put the Italian side 1-0 up, before a late salvo saw Marquinho tap home before Mbappe squared for Erik Choupo-Moting to complete a stunning turnaround.
The Frenchman was delighted with his own comeback after suffering the ankle blow in the French Cup final against St Etienne in July, with Tuchel admitting he faced a ‘miracle’ to be fit in time for the clash against the Serie A side in Portugal.
However, he was included on the bench for the game and came on in the 60th minute with the Ligue 1 champions seeking the quality to turn the game on its head.
The World Cup winner proved vital as he played a starring role in the game and expressed his delight on social media – paying tribute to the medical staff.
‘You don’t talk to me about pain,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘A big thank you to the medical staff for getting me back on my feet, no one believed it except us.
‘Congratulations to the whole group, we want to get this one.’
Tu m’parles pas de douleurs…🤪
Un grand merci au staff médical de m’avoir remis sur pied, personne n’y croyait sauf nous.
Félicitations à tout le groupe, on est parti la chercher celle là.
RDV EN DEMI. ICI C’EST PARIS 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/Eev67evxQE
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) August 12, 2020
The 21-year-old has enjoyed another excellent season for PSG this season, even with the campaign being called to an early halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mbappe still managed to score 30 goals across all competitions, including 18 in Ligue 1.