Back in competition with PSG this Wednesday evening, Kylian Mbappé has not lost his good habits, especially not that of donning the costume of the savior of the Parisian club when he seems caught in a trap. Just ten days after being the unfortunate hero of the World Cup final lost against Argentina, the striker has done what he likes to say and what he knows how to do, which is to take his responsibilities. Quite the opposite of Neymar, who was stupidly sent off after receiving two crackers in less than two minutes on the hour mark, and who probably missed his teammate’s show in additional time in this trap match. The French international wreaked havoc in the Strasbourg defense, before forcing the decision and picking up the three points by succeeding in his new favorite exercise: converting a penalty. This time he got the better of Matz Sels, another rather comfortable goalkeeper in this area (28% success rate), perhaps confirming a new psychological ascendancy after his performance against Emiliano Martínez in the game of a lifetime, under far greater pressure than a championship match wedged between turkey and bubbles.
I tried to bring momentum to my team to come back with the victory and continue our season, in which we are undefeated. It was a World Cup parenthesis, the club has nothing to do.
At 24 and after the past month in Doha, where he finished top scorer in the World Cup, Mbappé knows more than ever that every goal, every action, every performance will be scrutinized, in France and abroad. He also knows – and has always known – that a player of his stature isn’t just judged on the pitch. In this sense, this end of 2022 could look like a turning point in the communication strategy of the Parisian number 7, at least in the short term. After having remained silent for almost the entire competition with the Blues, with the exception of three answers delivered after his double against Poland in the round of 16, he appeared in the mixed zone in the maze of the Parc des Princes: ” World Cup ? Personally, I will never digest. My club is not responsible for this failure in selection, I try to come back with the most positive energy possible. I tried to bring momentum to my team to come back with the victory and continue our season, in which we are undefeated. It was a World Cup parenthesis, the club has nothing to do. » A way to put PSG back in the foreground after the blue parenthesis and to send a message: in Paris, he is the boss on the field and in the locker room.
You must not waste energy on such futile things, the important thing for me is to give the best of myself for the club. We’ll wait for Leo to come back so we can start winning games and scoring goals again.
Move along, nothing to see
This is a novelty with the idol of Bondy, when we know that lately, each of his media outings could shake the Parisian staff. There is of course the memory of the UNFP trophies of May 2019 during which the famous “It’s time for me to have more responsibilities”, but also the ceremony last season during which Mbappé liked to have fun maintaining the vagueness on a contract extension or a free start at Real Madrid in front of the microphones. More recently, in September, he himself posed a debate on the talk show table when he explained that he had “more freedom” in the France team than at PSG. Everything has always been calculated and thought out at Mbappé, and this Wednesday evening, he chose to highlight his total involvement in Paris (after having notably assumed to have “built (his) season on the World Cup”) and to defuse potential tensions upon the return of Lionel Messi to the capital. “I chatted with him after the match, I congratulated him, because it was the quest of a lifetime for him. For me too, but I failed, so you always have to be a good playerhe swept away. Celebrations are not my problem. You must not waste energy on such futile things, the important thing for me is to give the best of myself for the club. We’ll wait for Leo to come back so we can start winning games and scoring goals again. »
Move on, there’s nothing to see or fantasize about, Christophe Galtier can rest easy and concentrate on preparing for the next deadlines. “The message was simple, it was to show that no matter what happens with the selection, PSG is something else, and I am still determined to bring all the trophies back to the capital.insisted Mbappé about his presence at Camp des Loges just 48 hours after the lost final. We spoke with the staff before the final and I said that I would come back, whatever the result, because I felt good, I wanted to continue playing, I didn’t want to go on vacation right away. » A desire for the Golden Boot of the current year to assume its leadership at all levels in a team where Messi and Ney are nevertheless. Facing Strasbourg, the Parc des Princes has definitively dubbed the idol Mbappé, who now has his song and who came to celebrate the victory in front of the Auteuil bend, which the other two members of the Parisian attacking trio almost never do. The 24-year-old has won hearts and respect, but behind the fine words and this positive attitude remains an obvious ambition: that of winning the Champions League, starting this season, with a club that has never lifted it. . The clock is ticking for those who chase time and records: Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar were 23 when they won their first C1, Messi was 18. And here is the field taking over, as always.