PSG’s Kylian Mbappe speaks on Neymars’ absence

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Kylian Mbappe is of the belief that Paris Saint-Germain has learned a lesson on how to cope without Neymar ahead of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash with Manchester United after losing their star at the same stage last year.

PSG have confirmed the Brazil international will be sidelined for 10 weeks due to a fractured metatarsal and is going to miss both legs of the last-16 meeting with United.

On February 12, the first leg at Old Trafford will take place, and Mbappe, 20, addressed concerns after PSG lost their first league match of the season 2-1 at Lyon on Sunday.

He said “We have not realized our many opportunities. I’m not worried about the Champions League match. We must take it match by match and wait for the Champions League.

“It feels good to play matches like that. Facing teams that play is the best way to prepare for the upcoming deadlines. It’s up to us to win.

“The goal was to remain undefeated and we will try not to lose again by the end of the season. It’s complicated, yes, to play without Neymar. You must accept it. Last season, he was also injured and it would be nice not to make the same mistakes, otherwise it would mean that we did not learn anything.”

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