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Mbappe focused on World Cup 'dream'

Xinhua
05 Dec 2022, 05:30 GMT+10

DOHA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- France forward Kylian Mbappe said he is focused on his "dream" of a second consecutive World Cup title after firing the defending champions into the quarterfinals in Qatar on Sunday.

Mbappe scored two goals and provided an assist as France beat Poland 3-1 to set up a clash against either England or Senegal in the last eight.

The 23-year-old has already scored five time this tournament, taking his overall World Cup tally to nine goals.

"I'm not thinking about the Golden Ball or Golden Boot [awarded to the World Cup's best player and highest scorer, respectively]," the Paris Saint-Germain forward said.

"The only objective for me is to win the World Cup. Right now, the quarterfinal is the most important thing. It's the only thing I dream about. I came here to win the World Cup and help the national team, not anything else."

Mbappe also explained why he hadn't spoken to the media during the tournament until Sunday.

"I have nothing personal against journalists. I've just needed to focus on football and the tournament. When I want to concentrate on something that's the way I function. I learned that the French football association would get fined and I said I would pay it because I don't think they should pay on my behalf.

The former Monaco player, added: "I wanted to be ready for this tournament and so far things are going well. But we are still a long way from our objective and now we have to focus on the quarterfinal.

"We are delighted to get through to the quarterfinals. It was a difficult game [against Poland]. We played a tough side and managed to score goals at important times during the match. Even though we didn't play as well as we could have, we won and we're delighted."

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