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Mbappe prays for all-French Champions League final

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Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe admits is praying and hoping that Lyon will beat Bayern Munich in this Wednesday evening Champions League semi-final and set up an all-French final in Europe’s elite club competition this weekend.

“I’d prefer Lyon for sure because they are a French team,” Mbappe told AFP when asked if he had a preferred opponent in the final after PSG’s 3-0 semi-final victory over RB Leipzig in Lisbon on Tuesday.

“It will be a very tough game. If it’s Bayern, fine, but if it were Lyon it would certainly make it a very special occasion.”

PSG are the first French side through to the final of the Champions League since Monaco in 2004 after goals by Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat saw off Leipzig in a one-sided encounter at the Estadio da Luz.

They would perhaps not be favourites in a final against Bayern, but they certainly would be against Lyon.

PSG won the Ligue 1 title while Lyon came seventh in a season that was curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The teams met as recently as the end of July in the French League Cup final, with PSG winning on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Mbappe missed that game because of an ankle injury, suffered in the French Cup final against Saint-Etienne a week earlier.

However, he returned to play a key role off the bench in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Atalanta last week and started against Leipzig.

Mbappe, 21, admitted he is still not back to peak fitness.

“I feel good, better and better all the time, but I still have to wear a heavy strapping around it.

“There is no more pain. I still need to take certain precautions but I am ready to help the team, give everything on the pitch. All I want is to win, that’s why I came here.”

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