Jesse Marsch says Kylian Mbappe likes the ‘big show’ after he was asked how the PSG star would be feeling about facing Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Champions League.
Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United opened their Champions League account on Tuesday by recording a 0-0 draw against AC Milan at the San Siro – Nick Pope was lauded for his Man of the Match display.
That’s a tick in the box for the Magpies in what was their first game back in the big time, with that all-important first home game now on the horizon.
It’s French champions PSG, led by perhaps the best player in the world, Kylian Mbappe, visiting St James’ Park and ex-Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch thinks he will be ‘up for the match’ because he loves playing ‘in front of a big crowd’, as he told CBS Sports on Paramount+ (19/09/23 at 7:45 pm).
Well, the World Cup-winning forward is certainly going to get that because the Newcastle fans are going to make it as hostile as possible for their opponents next month.
This is where many think Newcastle can secure the majority of their points and earn that all-important progression to the knockout stages of Europe’s elite competition.
Kylian Mbappe against Newcastle
“Mbappe likes the big show,” said Marsch. “So, anytime he likes to play in front of a big crowd and show his quality. I think he will be up for the match.
“Certainly, this is the toughest group. When you look at the four teams. Whoever comes out on top will have to play six really good matches and have some luck along the way.
On who he is backing to progress: “I will go Newcastle and Milan.”
Trippier v Mbappe
In truth, there isn’t a better player than one of Newcastle’s most experienced to face and try to stop Mbappe from causing havoc.
The England International, who has played in the Champions League with Tottenham and Atletico Madrid, is still going to need all the help in the world and that’s where Miguel Almiron comes into the picture.
They all will have their work cut out trying to stop the runaway train from ripping through a Newcastle team that has displayed a very good record at St James’ Park since Howe took charge.