Author of a quintuplet on Monday evening in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France against amateurs from the country of Cassel (7-0), Kylian Mbappé came close to the record of goals in the history of PSG held by Edinson Cavani. But above all, he wore the captain’s armband for the first time at kick-off. What reinforces its responsibilities.
Once again, he took all the light on Monday evening at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium. Permanent danger, author of an offensive recital (five goals), Kylian Mbappé left his mark on the card of the Parisians against the amateurs of the country of Cassel (7-0) in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France. He took the opportunity, at the same time, to return to four lengths from Edinson Cavani, top scorer in the history of PSG with 200 goals.
Captain Mbappé showed the way
But in addition to his brilliant performance on the pitch, the vice-world champion in Qatar has been given a new responsibility with Paris: that of captain. For the first time at the start of a capital club match, number 7 had the armband hanging on his left arm. Last week during an exhibition match against the selection led by Cristiano Ronaldo, he had already worn it after the exit at the break of the Brazilian defender Marquinhos. What to attest to the taking of the stripe of Mbappé within the Parisian workforce.
“The captain’s armband has been defined like this since the start of the season”, Christophe Galtier nevertheless insisted on specifying at a press conference after his men’s qualification for the Cup. “I had decided that Kylian should be the second captain. He stayed at PSG and he deserved to have this armband when Marqui is not there.”
“He was exemplary as he is all the time, it’s Kylian Mbappé”
At 24, the man who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final a little over a month ago is therefore officially the vice-captain of the French champions. A development that many consider logical given the status of the favorite sportsman of the French in 2022, but especially in terms of his exemplarity. The opponents of PSG on Monday evening have, in particular, been able to attest to this. “It’s an extraterrestrial”, testified Gabriel Bogaert, sports director of the country of Kassel. “I knew he asked not to go out at half-time. Whether it’s an R1 or an L1 opposite, it doesn’t matter, he wants to play, he wants to score. He was exemplary tonight as he is it all the time, it’s Kylian Mbappé.”
The announcement of the international retirement of Hugo Lloris, record holder for the number of captaincies with the France team (121 times out of his 145 selections), raised the question of his successor to wear the armband. If the name of Raphaël Varane, the defense manager, comes up often, that of the PSG striker is also mentioned with insistence. A first answer should be given by Didier Deschamps during the next gathering of the Blues at the end of March, before the two matches counting for the Euro 2024 qualifiers against the Netherlands (March 24) and Ireland (March 27).