Kylian Mbappe’s ‘farmer’s league’ tweet backfires after PSG lose to Man City
Kylian Mbappe mocked Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s men crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Lyon last year – and it has now come back to bite him.
The Premier League leaders came from behind to win the semi-final first leg between the pair in Paris on Wednesday, with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez responding to an opener from Marquinhos.
While PSG lost in the final to Bayern Munich last season, City went out at the quarter-final stage with a 3-1 defeat in their one off tie with Lyon in Lisbon.
Mbappe’s tweet that followed was a dig at Ligue 1 being dubbed a ‘farmers’ league’ by fans from rival countries, with the Premier League rated among the best.
He wrote: “FARMERS LEAGUE.” Alongside a clown emoji and three clapping hands for Lyon.
One Twitter user said in response this week: “PSG are the real farmers.”
A second added: “Mbappe once calling premier league farmers league but couldn't perform against them.”
A third continued: “Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe couldn’t score through Ruben Dias and John Stones, tells you that they all play in the farmers league.”
Guardiola told BT Sport after the victory: "We started really well. We felt pressure after conceding. Sometimes we have to do more touches.
“A lot of people, it was the first time in the semi-finals and wanted to do it well. The last 10 minutes was good. In the second half we were excellent in every department. Two away goals.
“We have a hard job in six days.
"Sometimes you need to be more relaxed and be ourselves. The first half is normal – 180 minutes, you don't want to lose the ball, you don't play free. We changed a little in the way we press.
“We were passive [earlier on]. Then we were more aggressive. It's not easy against Mbappe, Neymar, Di Maria. Afterwards we found goals and could have scored another.
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“I’m so satisfied with the performance but we're only halfway. There are 90 more minutes. PSG are a team, anything can happen.
"We didn't have the good possession in right positions. That sometimes is normal. This club don't have much experience in the semi-finals of this tournament.
“This will help us. In the second half we were aggressive and played really good.
"Against Dortmund, we conceded and came back. Today the same. Be ourselves in the second half. We are good playing in a certain way – we can't do a different way."
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