Actions galore, total freedom of movement, a magnificent goal, a technical agreement with his partner Olivier Giroud: Kylian Mbappé feasted Thursday evening at the Stade de France against Austria (2-0). And he made an impression. Not that his talent has been called into question since the start of the season, but so far it has been rather his club partners Neymar (crowned player of the month for August in Ligue 1) and Lionel Messi who have captured the essentials light.
So, inevitably, at the end of the match, the French striker was asked about his performance and about a game that was perhaps more liberated in Blue. The answer is likely to make people talk and is already relaunching the debate on its use at PSG. “I play differently. I am asked other things here in relation to my club. I have a lot more freedom here. The coach knows that there is a number 9 like Oliv’ who occupies the defenses and I can walk around and go into space. In Paris, it’s different, there isn’t that. I am asked to do the pivot, it is different. »
A position in question
Will Christophe Galtier appreciate this kind of statement? The Ile-de-France club coach and football adviser Luis Campos did not hide it, they had other plans than the one established today: Messi in number 10, Mbappé and a physical striker, Lewandowski type (just that) to combine with French. As in the France team finally.
Neymar was not part of the equation but the failure of a sale combined with refusals from Lewandowski and the alternatives (Scamacca) changed plans. So here is Mbappé in unique number 9 with Neymar and Messi in support. We’ve had worse. Especially since during the meetings, he does not hesitate to dezone and rally his favorite left side. It remains to be seen whether this declaration will have an impact within the Parisian locker room.