Mbappé, it’s not over


By: Nicolas Gerbault

Kylian Mbappé, figurehead of the France team, still has room for improvement, according to Youri Djorkaeff.

A year ago today, France lost in the final of the 2022 World Cup against Argentina (3-3, tab 4-2). During this competition, two players were particularly decisive for the Blues: Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé.

The Mâconnais, transformed into a real Swiss army knife, was a leader throughout the tournament, contributing to numerous victories. The Bondynois, for his part, made his mark in particular with his hat-trick against the Albiceleste, which allowed France to come back several times.

But following the World Cup in Qatar, Didier Deschamps had to appoint a new captain, after the announcement of the international retirements of Hugo Lloris and Raphaël Varane. Ultimately, the choice fell on the Paris Saint-Germain striker who was then in the balance with his Atlético Madrid counterpart. However, former French international Youri Djorkaeff believes that Griezmann nonetheless remains an important leader for the France team.

“The real leader for the coach is Griezmann too,” judged the 98 world champion. “There is the captain, there is the leader of his team, Antoine takes these responsibilities. This is what will lead us to win the titles we must win. »

The former Parisian also praised the qualities of KM7, who according to him can progress further. “What’s interesting with Kylian is that he still has room for improvement, we feel it,” he said. We feel that he can still contribute a lot and that’s what makes him even more interesting, more touching.”

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