Simeone heaps praise on Mbappe and Haaland

    Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland ‘can be compatible playing together.’

    Mbappe and Haaland have stolen the spotlight away from the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Champions League midweek. The iconic duo endured a rather torrid experience in their respective last-16 ties. The Argentinean converted a spot-kick, though it turned out to be only a consolation goal in an otherwise dismal 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain. Meanwhile, the most prolific goal-scorer in the history of the Champions League drew a blank in Juventus’ 2-1 away defeat at Porto. On the other hand, the younger generation has exceeded the expectations, leading their respective sides to all-important first-leg successes. Mbappe’s match-winning performance at Camp Nou on Tuesday night saw him notch up a hat-trick to bring PSG on the brink of claiming a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals. The 22-year-old’s remarkable display against a clueless Barcelona defense has earned the Frenchman the award for the best player of the round. Borussia Dortmund staged a stunning comeback at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to beat Sevilla 3-2. Much of the credit goes to their standout performer, who can’t stop scoring in the Champions League. Indeed, Haaland was nothing short of outstanding once again, netting a brace to give Die Borussen a slight advantage going into the return leg. The Norwegian goal-machine has got to accrue 18 goals in the competition quicker than any other player before for his trouble. It took Haaland only 13 Champions League outings to achieve that milestone.

    Mbappe and Haaland have hit the headlines in a true ‘Messi v Ronaldo’ fashion, highlighting the potential for a brand-new rivalry in the world of football. Or not. According to Diego Simeone, the highly-rated youngsters could form one of the most formidable attacking partnerships in the modern era if someone can pair them up. Quizzed about the players’ display ahead of Atletico Madrid’s upcoming Champions League encounter with Chelsea, the Argentinean manager did not doubt the most eye-catching performers.

    “They [Mbappe and Haaland] are two great footballers with different characteristics. They can be compatible playing together, and whoever can place them together would have an amazing team,” Simeone said, as per TV Chiringuito.


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