Monaco’s teen sensation Kylian Mbappe insists there is nobody his side want to avoid as they prepare for the Champions League semi-final draw.
The French side have made the final four of the prestigious competition after expertly demolishing German giants Borussia Dortmund, and will come up against either Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Juventus in the next round.
But Mbappe is confident Monaco can deal with the contest regardless of who they get, rising to the occasion to make their first final since the team of 2004 who lost out to Jose Mourinho’s Porto.
‘If we hadn’t thought we could do it, we wouldn’t have done it. After every step we’ve taken we’ve looked at it and we’ve kept working,’ Mbappe said following the emphatic quarter-final victory over Dortmund, as reported by Goal.
‘What more could you ask for than to be in the semi-finals? – Well, I suppose we could be in the final.
‘I don’t mind who we draw next; in the semi-finals there’s only huge clubs and we don’t want to avoid anyone,’ Mbappe added.
The 18-year-old, who has attracted the attention of the majority of Europe’s elite, has now become the the first player in Champions League history to score in his first four knockout ties.
Following the 6-3 aggregate victory over the Germans, Mbappe maintained it is simply a case of keeping up the good work for his side.
‘We have to keep going along the same lines and look at what didn’t work so well today; I think that at some points we were too passive, we sat too deep. Against good teams you’re always going to have to do that sometimes, but the result was good,’ Mbappe said.
The draw for the semi-finals of the Champions League will take place on Friday, April 21, to begin at 12:00pm CET at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters in Switzerland.
The semi-final first legs will be played on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 May, with the returns the following week. The side drawn first in each tie will play the first leg at home.