Kylian Mbappe revels in scoring for 'best in France' Paris Saint-Germain
METZ, France — Kylian Mbappe was delighted to score on his Paris Saint-Germain debut as the Ligue 1 giants thumped 10-man FC Metz 5-1 at Stade Saint-Symphorien on Friday.
Mbappe, 18, scored once and assisted another as Edinson Cavani grabbed two goals, Neymar one and Lucas Moura another to make it five wins from five in Le Championnat.
“I am very happy to be here,” the France international told Canal+ after the match. “I want to show my best each match and improve alongside the best players in Europe.
“I am very happy to have scored on my PSG debut. I managed to beat my marker, hit it hard and it went in. It gave us some breathing space and we were able to play the way we wanted to afterwards.
“I always wanted to play with great players, I had the opportunity to play with what is best in France and perhaps in Europe.
“I will try to learn from their movements, their professionalism. All I wanted to do is be at the ground. I was very happy, I had a lot of fun, the rest I will manage to adapt to.”
PSG coach Unai Emery said he was happy with the result and felt that despite a harsh red card for Metz’s Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the second half, his players were full value for their dominant victory.
“We are happy with the three points,” the Spaniard told journalists after the match. “We deserved to win.
“Metz played well in the first half and equalised. After the red card, we had more space available to us and the match turned when we got the second. We controlled the game from start to finish.”
Cavani scored once in each half and the Uruguay international now has seven goals from five Ligue 1 appearances.
El Matador sympathised with Metz for going down to 10 men, but insisted that it was not the only reason for PSG’s commanding success.
“I feel we played well this evening,” Cavani said to Canal+. “We were good in every area of the pitch. Of course it is difficult with 10 against 11 but we deserve the win because we played well not because of our numerical advantage.
“I feel good, despite the trip to play for my country. I always want to play if I can and the coach chose to pick me this evening, which is good for me. I always give my best.
“It is positive for everyone and we feel good on the pitch right now. PSG have some great players and I hope we continue to improve.”
Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola came close to gifting Metz’s Emmanuel Riviere a second goal early in the second half but ended up on the winning side.
The French shot stopper remembered Metz as a difficult away day from last season and was happy his teammates took most of the chances that came their way.
“We came to win,” said Areola in the mixed zone. “We knew it would be difficult, just like it was last season when it was also very tough.
“We were serious and disciplined. It was difficult to take our chances in the first half because they defended well but we were able to play our game and win in style in the second.”
PSG now enter into the most significant week of their campaign so far, with Celtic away in the Champions League on Tuesday and Olympique Lyonnais at home in Ligue 1 next weekend.
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Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.