PSG, the Mbappé debate irritates Luis Enrique


By: Manu Tournoux

Luis Enrique, the PSG coach, did not like being asked once again about the attitude of Kylian Mbappé in Dortmund.

Kylian Mbappé’s sulking last Wednesday after PSG qualified for the round of 16 of the Champions League is still being talked about. The subject arose again at Luis Enrique’s press conference this Saturday. The Spanish coach moderately appreciated the fact of having to once again defuse the situation when there is no discomfort between him and his star.

Luis Enrique “does not have to convince Mbappé”

“I understand he’s upset. But asking them to calm things down at the end of the match was one of the best decisions of my career. It was normal to say that when in the 84th minute, with Newcastle 1-2 for Milan, I told them that we should not take so many risks. We went into the Dortmund area two or three times despite everything, so yes it was a good decision,” he blurted.

The Iberian technician also insisted on the fact that these instructions were the right ones and that if he had to do it again he would give the same speech to his troops. “It’s not just my decision, it’s also that of my staff. understand the players, that they are exposed to this frustration. For a large part of the match we absolutely had to win, that was the objective. When there was a draw between Newcastle and Milan we played to win. But in the 88th minute with a two-goal difference, it would have been ridiculous to concede a goal at that moment, they were good and if it had to be done again, he would give the same speech to his players.”

Finally, the Parisian coach affirmed that there was no problem between him and the Bondyn crack. And the fact that the latter cares very little about defensive work does not bother him at all. “I don’t have to convince anyone. Kylian Mbappé has the same freedom as when I arrived. He is a top player, who brings us 50 goals and 25 assists each season. He does not play as number 9, but with total freedom, between the centrals, on the right or on the left. I will continue to tell you this. I don’t have to persuade him. Coaches’ decisions obviously have repercussions. What motivates me is that the team plays in the best way possible and wins titles”.

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