Barcelona striker, Antoine Griezmann has hailed fellow countryman, Kylian Mbappe after the Paris Saint-Germain striker scored a stunning hat-trick against the Catalan giants in the Champions League round of 16 first leg clash on Tuesday.
Mbappe’s hat-trick ensured that PSG came out easy 4-1 winners, with the Frenchman becoming only the hird player to score a Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona, following in the footsteps of Faustino Asprilla for Newcastle United and Andriy Shevchenko for Dynamo Kyiv.
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“I am happy for him. He has been criticised a lot, but that is what happens when you are someone for a little while. As soon as he plays less well, we criticise him. It is quite easy. But I believe that PSG have a future star, one who will be on the level of Leo and Cristiano. He had a truly great match,” Griezmann told RMC Sport.
The result continued the trend of Barcelona putting on poor performances in Europe, especially in the knockout stages and they will face an uphill battle if they are to progress to the quarter-final. The club management will once again hope that Lionel Messi will bail them out of the situation in the second leg as they look to challenge for trophies this season.