Sergio Dest saw Mbappe run at the Barcelona penalty box and he could only push the ball away for a corner, summing up his abysmal performance in the Champion League on February 17th, 2021.
Dest was part of the Barcelona team that met the young and talented Mbappe in the Champions League’s knockout stages. The young USMNT international had a tough go of it for the entire seventy-one minutes as Mbappe showcased his best skills to pressure the young American and keep him at bay.
Dest secured his dream move to Barcelona, on October 1st, 2020, after spending a year at Ajax. The twenty-year-old declared his excitement in an ESPN interview, where he said, “Playing for Barcelona was a life-long dream, and I have achieved it.”
However, the Champions League has not shown much to suggest that the youngster is proficient in his position. Consequently, Ronald Koeman, in an interview with ESPN on February 20th, 2021, said, “Dest needs to focus on Mbappe more” after the young USMNT international was kept out of the game by Mbappe.
The French striker had faced Barcelona for the first time, and the twenty-two-year-old imitated his version of Henry (Thierry) as he scored thrice and produced a man-of-the-match-worthy performance. Subsequently, his performance against Barcelona has placed him at par with French mammoths like Henry and Zidane.
Mbappe praised by the same media who crushed Dembele
Donatello had crushed Sergio Dest in the Champions League.
However, the media crushed Ousmane Dembele after Kike’s performance raised doubts about Barcelona’s decision to recruit Dembele.
Jonathan Wilson, a football journalist at The Guardian, suggests that Barcelona should consider Mbappe as an example while making future investments in the upcoming transfer windows. He mentions that Mbappe and Dembele have a similar style, except ‘Mosquito’ has not justified the hundred and five million Euros the Blaugrana has paid for the French international.
Mbappe possesses such exceptional talent that players who suffer a loss at his hand praise him for his ability. Antoine Greizmann, who was a witness to the young forward’s destruction of their team, said in an interview with Talk Sport, “PSG have a star who is already on par with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on their squad.”
However, Mbappe has been respectful of the hundred and eighty million euros that Les Rouges Et Bleu had paid for him. Kike has shown his talent for both club and country and continues to establish in the record books.