Mbappe: Real Madrid showed PSG the difference between great players and champions

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The France international insists that Unai Emery's side will learn from their defeat to Zinedine Zidane's men in the Champions League

Kylian Mbappe believes Real Madrid taught PSG a valuable lesson by defeating them in the Champions League last-16.

The two sides met in a heavyweight two-legged encounter in Europe's elite club competition, but the French giants were blown away.

Real won 5-2 on aggregate, with Neymar absent from the second leg due to injury.

Mbappe was unable to get on the scoresheet in either game and the teenage wonderkid, who has netted 17 goals in all competitions this season, believes Real have a team of "champions".

"Mentally, we wanted to face the game against Madrid as best as possible," he said, per Marca.

"Nobody can say that we didn't try, but this is football and although we have great players, Madrid showed the difference between having great players and champions."

PSG's elimination from the competition has seen the pressure heighten on manager Unai Emery, following the heavy investment of the French club.

PSG spent €222 million to acquire Neymar from Barcelona, and have triggered a clause in Mbappe's initial loan move from Monaco, confirming that they will pay €180m for his signature this summer.

Nevertheless, Mbappe insists the players should be blamed for their European failure, not Emery.

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"It's not Unai Emery who lost, it's PSG so it's up to all of us to be whistled," he added. "We are the ones on the pitch.

"It was important to get back on track because we are still in three competitions.

"It is true that afterwards has been difficult but we are professionals, we must turn the page, and immediately move on. We will give everything for the three titles that remain."

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