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'Maybe I thought about it too much' - Mbappe admits 100 goal milestone for PSG was a distraction

10:32 GMT 06/12/2020
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After three games without scoring, the World Cup winner struck late on against Montpellier to move onto a century of goals for the Ligue 1 champions

Kylian Mbappe said he felt liberated after he ended his wait to move onto a century of goals for Paris Saint-Germain, after admitting the 100 goal milestone had been a distraction.

France prodigy Mbappe reached 99 goals across all competitions for PSG when he scored a double against his former club Monaco in a 3-2 defeat on November 20.

He failed to find the net in three appearances – against RB Leipzig, Bordeaux and Manchester United – before adding gloss to a 3-1 win over Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

With Moise Kean having thumped PSG into the lead in the 77th minute, Mbappe came on to score with his only attempt and wrap up the points for Thomas Tuchel's side in stoppage time.

"It's the legendary 100 mark. I've been thinking about it for two or three games and maybe that's why I hadn't scored. Maybe I thought about it too much," the 21-year-old told PSG TV.

"But I I tried to focus on the team, to help my partners as much as possible and they gave it back to me really well.

"They gave me this goal, there was no goalkeeper, I scored and I I'm very happy, "

Mbappe added on being relieved to finally reach a mark only four other players have reached in a PSG shirt during an interview with Canal Plus: "I knew my statistics, yes. It had been a few matches that I wanted to score the 100th," 

"This one wasn't the hardest. It's a liberation, especially at a big club like this and all the great players who have been here. When I signed here, I never thought I'd score 100 goals so quickly. It was a long-term objective.

"Thank you to my team-mates and to the club for giving me confidence, whether in good times or bad. Thank you to everyone who works there.

"I think I can score even more, offer more assists. It will come with time. I'm feeling better and better and going through matches will allow me to be even better physically."

Mbappe is joint fourth, alongside Dominique Rocheteau, in the list of PSG's leading goalscorers, behind Pauleta (109), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (156) and Edinson Cavani (200).

"Score 200 goals with PSG? Who knows," said Mbappe, who has often been linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. "I never would have thought of 100 goals! You just have to think about the next game.

"It's been three and a half years, and I've been through a lot here. It's great to have the support of the people."

The 21-year-old has netted 74 of his 100 PSG goals in France's top flight, with a further 13 strikes coming in the Champions League, though he has not scored in Europe in nine matches.

His remaining 13 goals have come in France's domestic cup competitions and the Trophee des Champions, while he has only scored from outside the box in Ligue 1 on three occasions