Was it reasonable to line up Kylian Mbappé for 75 minutes for his 11th match in a month and a half, coming out of an infection with the coronavirus? The question (and its answer) are undoubtedly easy in view of the player’s exit this Saturday against Nantes (3-0) while complaining about the hamstrings of the right thigh, but it is all the more relevant as the player confessed his weariness last week, confident he felt like he was after Game 60 of the season.
Tuchel had managed against Dijon, with only 17 minutes of play on the clock (and a double in the key), unlike the Nîmes match, two days after an appearance with the France team. This time, with a workforce cut off from almost all of its offensive weapons (Neymar, Di Maria, Icardi, then Kean, released at the break), Tuchel kept him on the ground until he came out while holding the ‘back of the thigh directly in the direction of the locker room, with a confidence to the team doctor, Christophe Baudot, relayed by Canal +: “It’s starting to shoot”. What to hope that the Parisian star stopped in time to avoid a real injury.
According to Thomas Tuchel, he made the right decision, since he should take his place against RB Leipzig on Wednesday in the Champions League, like Moise Kean, affected in the calf and released at half-time. “For Kylian, I don’t think it’s an injury, just fatigue,” the German told a press conference.
Di Maria will be present but Neymar is already forfeited while Icardi, who returns from a knee injury, is hoped for, even if he will lack pace.
The wall of the 100 is getting closer
During his hour and a quarter on the lawn, Kylian Mbappé had time to confirm a lot of things. His lethality first, with an assist, first, for Herrera, then a penalty, obtained and transformed quietly. With 6 goals and 2 assists over the last 4 days of Ligue 1 (7 achievements since the start of the season), the crack of Bondy confirms that the national territory is his, while he remains on 7 games without scoring in the League champions. Mbappé now has 97 goals in 132 official meetings in Paris and sees the wall of 100 approaching with gusto.
What these two decisive actions have in common is that they were held when the Frenchman was playing at the forefront, alongside Sarabia. Confirmation of his greater statistical efficiency in this position, already demonstrated since his arrival in Paris. The setup was arguably more conducive to its current form and a confirmation of the duo’s promises with Kean seen in Istanbul.
“He has the skills and the talent to make a difference for us”
Instead, the first half during which he played on the left was difficult for the number 7, with a side end (26th) and a messed up at the penalty spot on a good serve from Sarabia (42nd ). Three minutes later, Mbappé collapsed after a duel with Appiah and attacked the referees on his way back to the locker room. This earned him a summons in the locker room of Hakim Ben El Hadj, in the company of the sports director Leonardo. An unpleasant passage which may have had a positive influence on the penalty obtained afterwards.
“He is very young and still has things to improve, said Thomas Tuchel at the end of this meeting. It’s important to stay at a very high level. He was still decisive, which is also what is expected of him because he is the key player. He has the skills and the talent to make a difference for us. I hope he will do it again on Wednesday and Saturday. “
In the register of symbols, in the absence of Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Verratti or Neymar, the attribution of the captain’s armband marked a question. By choosing Keylor Navas, the German manager has privileged the experience of the triple European champion rather than a gesture towards the one that the club would like to see embody his future but who has still not extended his contract which is ending in June 2022. Definitely, a very contrasting evening.
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