Kylian Mbappe explains why Lionel Messi took penalty to deny his PSG hat-trick

Kylian Mbappe insists it is more important for Paris Saint-Germain to get the best out of Lionel Messi after the Argentine denied him the chance to score another Champions League hat-trick.

Mbappe had struck twice in the 4-1 win over Club Brugge but when PSG were awarded a spot-kick with 14 minutes remaining, Messi stepped up to convert it instead of allowing the 22-year-old to complete his treble.

Messi also bagged a double in the victory over Club Brugge, taking his tally to six goals in 14 matches since he made the move to PSG.

‘We are going to need Lionel Messi,’ said Mbappe.

‘He remains Lionel Messi. We are going to need him during the season, and I am sure he will help us when the important games arrive.

‘He has to arrive with confidence for these matches. It is good for him that he finishes with two goals but it is also good for us for the future.’

Mbappe also played down the significance of what would’ve been his third Champions League hat-trick in his career so far.

‘I’m trying to help the team,’ Mbappe told RMC Sport.

‘It’s not my goal to show who the boss is. I try to help the team, and my teamates give it back to me so that I perform well too.’

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino also revealed that he allows the players to decide who takes penalties during the game.

‘I’m happy that Leo and Kylian scored two goals, they are attacking players who need to know the way to the net,’ said Pochettino.

‘They can all take the penalty, with their quality. It is up to them to identify, at the moment, who needs it most, who is the most confident. This is something they decide for themselves on the pitch.

‘You can say Leo, Kylian, Ney [Neymar], Angel [Di Maria], Marquinhos, Verratti. They can all take a penalty, but in the moment it’s a matter of trust and taking responsibility.

‘I believe that creating these relationships, the way they get closer, appreciate each other, respect each other, gives even more strength to their talent. But all these things take time. The seed is planted, the buds come out and in time there will be a plant, a tree and beautiful flowers.’

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