Probably the two most shining young players in Europe go head-to-head in the Champions League on Tuesday, then Borussia Dortmund at PSG takes on Signal Iduna Park.
The numbers of Jadon Sancho this season are pretty different when you consider the episode at the beginning of November, which wasn't a humiliating change in the first half against Bayern Munich.
The 19-year-old looks forward to moving out of Germany in the summer, but the constant speculation, if anything, has seen his performance levels rise significantly – he scored in & # 39; Friday's win against Eintracht Frankfurt and seamlessly connects with the signing of Erling in January Braut Haaland.
Jadon Sancho (L) and Kylian Mbappe (R) are two of the brightest prospects in world football
Kylian Mbappe, meanwhile, has inadvertently continued his rich scoring form in Ligue 1 despite his highly public fallout with manager Thomas Tuchel.
Disappointed with being replaced in a routine victory in early February, the World Cup winner announced his feelings in no unclear terms to Tuchel, thought the couple is said to have settled their differences in friendliness.
But how do these two compare this season, with both of them having made the top-tier grades at such a tender age?
SANCHO VS MBAPPE THIS SEASON
- Appearance: 30
- Goals: 16
- Assists: 17
- Yellow / red cards: 0/0
- Appearance: 28
- Goals: 24
- Assists: 15
- Yellow / red cards: 2/0
Statistics in all competitions according to Transfermarkt
Starting with Sancho, what is most striking about his set of stats is that for his respectable numbers for goals, the number of assists he has accumulated is even higher.
Overall, the England international has been involved in 33 goals in 30 appearances this season, with 17 assists to go with his 16 goals.
This stat, something of an anomaly among the majority of attacking players across Europe, testifies to his naturally creative instincts in and around the penalty area and not always his willingness to get on the scoreboard.
He is also on a lightning run of form – he has played a part in a Borussia Dortmund goal in 10 of their last 11 Bundesliga games, and scored at least once in nine of those matches.
In the & # 39; Champions League, he scored in a defeat on & # 39; e Nou Camp in & # 39; group stages and scored and set a goal & # 39; a pivotal 2-1 victory against Slavia Prague on game day six.
The 19-year-old Sancho has scored in nine of Borussia Dortmund & # 39; s last 11 Bundesliga matches
For Mbappe, the more experienced of the two at 21 and with a world championship triumph already under his belt, his 2019-20 numbers are also impressive, though that includes goals in an incredibly weaker division in Ligue 1.
Indeed, PSG runs away with the French title – they are 10 points ahead of Marseille in second place – and Mbappe is PSG's top scorer with 15 goals from Ligue 1, two for teammate Neymar.
But the whole world knows that, as with every season, the Champions League is the priority of PSG.
Indeed, it is such a priority that Mbappe was rested for signing Saturday 4-4 with Amiens, not even the bank. A statement of intent if there was one. With the competition packed, Tuchel has to move on to the final stages in Europe, if nothing else.
Before Christmas, PSG walked away with a group that included 13-time Real Madrid winners. Mbappe scored a hat-trick at Club Brugge and found the back of the net at the Bernabeu in a 2-2 draw that secured the top spot in Group A.
The World Cup winner will be desperate to make an impact when the Champions League returns
And yet, for all its remarkable stats, it has not just sailed this season for Sancho and Mbappe, especially in terms of their relationships with the man in the hotseat.
Sancho's fallout was first. An incomplete opening of 36 minutes, in what was ultimately a 4-0 defeat by Bayern in & # 39; e Allianz Arena, resulted in Dortmund boss Lucien Favre replacing the Englishman.
Later, perhaps not surprisingly, the teenager appeared & # 39; sensitive & # 39; felt and & # 39; like a scapegoat & # 39; after the incident.
Sancho looks dejected when he kicks off the field in November, with Lucien Favre behind him
That has sparked a host of rumors about his future and although his form has been restored, he looks bound for a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool top of the & # 39; s shortlist at the moment.
He was also criticized in & # 39; the German press for his antics, while in & # 39; had a winter vacation in Dubai.
He was made video by ordering a & # 39; golden steak & # 39; believed to have cost £ 268 from celebrity chef Salt Bae's restaurant, which is said to have upset the PR department at Dortmund.
However, the acquisition of Dortmund of Haaland, the teenage marksman of Red Bull Salzburg, seems to have sanctified Sancho after a significant period of the season.
While Dortmund struggles for glory both within and within Europe, Sancho has the key to unlocking any defense across the continent, with his directness and eye for the sublime perhaps a game-changer in the last third.
With Mbappe, the fallout was strikingly similar. Winning 5-0 against Montpellier on February 1, Tuchel sacked Mbappe a lot after 68 minutes after about 21-year-old's.
Apparently trying to explain his decision to Mbappe, Tuchel held the attacker for a few seconds before Mbappe ran to the bench, clearly riled by the decision.
Thomas Tuchel has joined Mbappe after his exchange against Montpellier
Inevitably, this has resulted in speculations about Mbappe's future as well, with Real Madrid a constant shift. However, Tuchel knows he needs his best player – in addition to Neymar – to look at all cylinders as the French champions continue their long-term quest for European glory.
They were out in & # 39; the last-16 stage last season & # 39; escaped competition after & # 39; a dubious VAR call on & # 39; went last minute against Manchester United and despite their wealth, they still have to go ahead & # 39; e competition.
For Mbappe, his teammates and especially manager Tuchel, Tuesday's and the subsequent return party on March 11 at the Parc des Princes is a defining season.
Mbappe sits desperate after PSG left the Champions League last year to Manchester Utd
After three consecutive seasons of misery from last 16, the parent club knows that they can hardly avoid this time around. Although it is a difficult bond in an intimidating atmosphere of first feet, PSG are the firm favorites given their group stage form.
SANCHO VS MBAPPE – KARRESTATEN
The 21-year-old himself will likely play alongside Mauro Icardi in attack, with Neymar and Angel di Maria in support. A reasonable line-up, and Mbappe will look to use his pace in behind a likely Dortmund center-back pairing of Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji.
Sancho, on the other hand, will operate from the right. Likely to stand up against Spain international Juan Bernat, the former Manchester City player will have his chances as he is given space to work his magic.
Both Sancho and Mbappe are potential match winners for their respective sides, and both know this is the night to stand up and count.
Despite this match being adapted for Mbappe to steal the show. He is desperate to guide the Parisians to success in Europe – his current personal-best in the Champions League came in 2016-17, with ex-club Monaco.
Mbappe is yet to see success in Europe for PSG after two disappointing last-16 outings
A top-notch view on Tuesday could boost Sancho's price tag, comes the summer window
Why will he come out on top? Now, he is a more developed player than Sancho, and by playing mid-range he has more of the chance to provide the finish for the goal, and his searing pace will cause havoc against what is generally not a nice Dortmund game. defense is.
Plus, and most crucially, whether at club or international level, Mbappe has had an inclination in his short career so far to produce the goods when he makes the most, at the biggest stage.
Take, for example, the 2018 World Cup: he shone and stepped up when France needed him in his last-16 against Argentina, scoring twice, while also becoming the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele when he reached the scoresheet against Croatia.
Mbappe was a major player for France, when they triumphed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia
Sancho, on the other hand, has no previous performance on this type of stage. His time will come. It's just now unlikely.
In his childhood, he still struggles for a starting position in Gareth Southgate's England XI and although he is in great form, it is a formidable PSG line-up that he & # 39; # 39; tonight, who's chomping at the bit to make amends for countless years of near misses in the Champions League.
Whether at Dortmund or at a future club in England, Sancho will undoubtedly have several opportunities to be the man in the spotlight in European football. On this occasion, however, the stage is set for Mbappe to be the chief.
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