Roller coaster. Between Kylian Mbappé and the Blues, the love story had its ups and downs. Quickly, Bondy’s crack managed to conquer the heart of France, he who was invaluable in winning the title in 2018. A first tournament where he had shone with 4 goals in the final phase of the World Cup. The player notably stole the limelight from Lionel Messi by scoring twice in the France-Argentina match (4-3) in Kazan. He also scored a goal in the final against Croatia on 15 July at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow (4-2 win).
A player who annoyed the PSG and Blues locker rooms
On top of the world, KM7, then 18, had the entire football planet at his feet. Top clubs in the world, including Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, wanted to remove him from AS Monaco. But in the end it was Paris Saint-Germain who got their hands on this talented footballer. In the Capital he went from a young star in Neymar’s shadow to a protagonist of the team around which the project is built. At the expiry of the contract he obtained full powers to remain in Paris. But it was not without consequences. His relationship with Ney took a hit.
The criticisms have also been more numerous, especially from the side of Spain where we have not really digested the blow he inflicted on Florentino Pérez and Real Madrid. In the selection, Kylian Mbappé also experienced some turbulence, he who quickly had the status and responsibilities he claimed. And even there, he was not without consequences. During Euro 2020, organized in 2021 following the covid-19 epidemic, he was not unanimous in the locker room. Some executives didn’t appreciate his attitude and didn’t like the argument he had with Olivier Giroud, who was excluded from the selection for a certain period afterwards.
Mbappé thought of stopping everything
Solid on his support, Mbappé has had a bad experience of this tournament. He didn’t feel supported by the FFF, he who had been subjected to racist insults after the missed penalty against Switzerland. So much so that he had considered not playing for the Blues again, as Noël Le Graët had admitted. Asked by Sports illustratedthe player had more or less confirmed. “Yes finally I explained to him especially well that it was in relation to racism and NO to rigor. But he believed that there was no racism…”
He then added: “I said, ‘I can’t play for people who think I’m a monkey. I won’t play. But after that, I took the time to reflect with all the people who play with me and cheer me on. And I think it’s not a good message to surrender. Because I think I’m an example for many people. I haven’t given up on the national team because it’s a message to the new generations to say: ‘We are stronger than that'”. Ready to give everything for the Blues, KM7, which has invested in the issue of the Habs’ image rights going to the showdown with the FFF, wants to start with good foundations. And it’s not the Pogba affair, where his name was mentioned, that made him change course.
The striker has a lot to prove in Qatar
In Qatar Mbappé is more awaited than ever. He already was before Karim Benzema’s injury. He is even more so today. But this pleases the French, who want responsibility. But he will have a lot to prove, as he bears in mind that this World Cup will be very important in the race for the Ballon d’Or that he so yearns for. He will have the opportunity to prove that he is the best player in the world in a competition that brings together the world’s elite and where we will be waiting for his teammates in the clubs Neymar (Brazil), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and others like CR7 (Portugal), Lewandowski (Poland) or Harry Kane (England).
Like 4 years ago in Russia, KM7 wants everyone to agree, demonstrate that they have passed a milestone and sit at the table of the greatest. He will have a lot to do within the French team, above all because some managers are missing (Benzema, Pogba, Kanté) and others less in spirit (Griezmann, Varane). Whoever claims responsibility will be served. Still in the match, Didier Deschamps will have to remedy the situation with the package from Benzema. It is Giroud who should evolve into a forward in the expected 4-3-3 against Australia. Mbappé would be on the left.
Making Karim Benzema forget
But he would bring his speed, his percussion, his ability to take depth and his refinements and would have more freedom alongside a Giroud, who will put himself at his service and with whom relations are much better. In good form, Mbappé, who is quite capable of evolving in a system with two forwards, is also doing good training sessions behind closed doors according to The group. The sports newspaper also ensures that a manager of the selection has confided after the package of Kylian Mbappé: “now we have a squad of soldiers around Kylian”. A general Mbappé who has revenge to take after his Euro 2020 where he hadn’t scored a single goal in 4 games (15 shots attempted) while KB9 had scored 4.
In Qatar, the Frenchman, who must make people forget the Ballon d’Or 2022, therefore wants to get out of his desert and find the way to the goals, he who had been clumsy and who had missed the Euro. But he can count on the support of his coach, who expects him to measure up and score goals. “He’s still young. These four years have allowed him to progress further. He no longer has internal responsibilities. Kylian is part of a collective and needs it. Its captain, Hugo Lloris, agrees. “He has confirmed all the hopes placed on him in recent years. It’s hard to define boundaries. I feel worried, relaxed. He will be eager to perform and help the team.” On a redemption mission during this World Cup, Kylian Mbappé has the opportunity to make history with a second consecutive world title. A challenge accepted by KM7.
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