Since the start of this World Cup in Qatar, Kylian Mbappé was a bit Bernardo with a Zorro mask in the desert. Stubborn but savior. “Kylian talks with his feet and he talks very well”, defended Didier Deschamps at a press conference. A few minutes earlier, the feet in question (well, especially the right ones) allowed the Blues to step over the Polish hurdle in this Round of 16 (3-1) before returning to England on Saturday 10 December for a place in the semi-finals.
A double, a goalscoring account has already increased to five and here Kylian Mbappé is named man of the match, this Sunday 4 December as after the victories against Australia and Denmark. But this time the striker appeared in front of the media with his trophy sponsored by a famous American beer brand, almost surprising his manager as he sat to his left.
The exercise boiled down to three questions and one message to deliver: a player on a mission. “ For the journalists who are there, it was nothing personal, I have nothing against journalists, he said in the introduction. It’s just that I always have this need to focus on the competition. When I want to focus on something, I have to do it 100%, not waste energy elsewhere. »
The Mbappé company does not know the crisis, but knows that this silence began to question. At the risk of turning into speculation. But the Paris Saint-Germain forward is taking this choice of silence after recent weeks of media turbulence with his club and his supposed desire to leave. He also takes the fine imposed by FIFA for his two absences himself. “I undertake to pay her personally, the Federation must not pay her for a decision that is personal”, he said. A saving of 10,000 Swiss francs (approx. 10,100 euros) for the French Football Federation.
It then comes to mind Antoine Griezmann’s words two days earlier about his partner. “Grizou” described a joker and good friend Mbappé. “He talks a lot, he appreciates the joy of living. He knows he is important to us. He knows every move will be watched by reporters, fans and his teammates. He is undisputed. » A way to bury the tensions of the recent past, some things that have not been said since the last Euro and the idea of a Mbappé sometimes on the sidelines of the group.
“No magic recipe to stop Mbappé”
At 23 years old, the player has gained a new dimension in the French team and his teammates are the first happy to answer questions about him or the word “phenomena” in a loop. Even for having practiced it on a daily basis at PSG, Adrien Rabiot still manages to be surprised. “The goals he manages to score, the angles found… It’s unbelievableadmits the midfielder. But that is also what is expected of him. We work behind and we wait for him to do the job up front. »
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