(Source: AFP) via zimbioKylian Mbappe deserves every bit of the praises he’s getting Thomas Adams April 19, 2017 Champions League, International, Soccer Kylian Mbappe has been absolutely sensational for AS Monaco this season – there’s simply no disguising that. The 18-year old Frenchman has taken the world by storm over the past nine and a half months, and has been a pivotal part of Monaco’s success across all fronts this season – they’re currently at the top of the Ligue 1 table. In Ligue 1, Mbappe has racked up twelve goals and has provided five assists in a campaign that’s seen Monaco score the second-most goals of any team across Europe’s top five leagues; Barcelona are the only team who have out-scored them. Take a bow, son: Kylian Mbappe is the 1st player to score in his first four #UCL knockout stage games. He is 18 years old. 😱 #ASMBVB https://t.co/ytqY3O2Jt6 — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) April 19, 2017 Mbappe scored the first of three goals in Monaco’s 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the Champions League quarter finals Wednesday night to secure his side’s advancement to the semi-finals; they went through 6-3 on total aggregate. He also scored a brace in the first leg against Dortmund last week, which finished 3-2 in favor of Monaco. Sublime finish from Mbappe in the first leg to put Monaco up 3-1: With his current run in the Champions League, he’s now become the youngest player in history to score in both legs of a quarter-final and is the first player to score in each of his first four knockout stage matches – quite an impressive feat for an 18-year old (Squawka). Unreal: Kylian Mbappé is the youngest player in history to score in both legs of a Champions League quarter final. History maker. pic.twitter.com/tvL0TN1MN2 — Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 19, 2017 Making the system work He’s the type of player who seems to relish the biggest of occasions, and it’s shown. He doesn’t shy away from anything, or anyone, and possesses the confidence to take anyone on. He’s grown to be one of the players in Monaco’s squad at the forefront of Leonardo Jardim’s attacking, high-pressing style of football. They’ve become so good at converting defense into attack at a lightning pace and are able to suffocate opposing backlines when they’re trying to clear their lines. The pace in their counter-attacks is an absolute joy to watch and Mbappe is always at the center of it with his blistering pace and unwavering ability to elude defenders. Even if he doesn’t ultimately receive the ball, he opens up a lot of spaces for his teammates to run on to and pose a threat with the amount of attention he attracts from defenders – he’s the spark that makes the system work so effectively. *** The draw for the semi-finals of the Champions League is set to take place on Friday morning and Monaco will be drawn against the likes of either Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, or Juventus. Regardless of how the draw pans out, fans are certainly in for a treat. For Mbappe, he should every bit of confidence going into the semi-finals with the form he’s in, regardless of who they square off against. Speaking on the semi-finals draw after the 3-1 win over Dortmund Wednesday night, Mbappe insisted that he’s ready for whomever: “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.” – (Goal.com) Nothing to fear with this kind of form: Kylian Mbappe's form: 📅 Games: 16⚽️ Goals: 16👶🏽Age: 18 What a talent 🔥 pic.twitter.com/nSVc2jnb2h — GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) April 19, 2017 Tom is a content writer for The Sports Blaze, primarily contributing to the soccer section. View all of his previous posts HERE. Contact him @ firstname.lastname@example.org Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.