PSG coach Enrique: “I want Mbappe to do more”
“I want Kylian (Mbappe) to do more.”
Paris Saint-Germain won 3-0 in the 2023-24 French Ligue 1 12th round away game against Reims held at the Stade Auguste Drone in Reims, France on the 12th (Korean time).
It was a game where Kylian Mbappe's performance stood out. Gianluigi Donnarumma, who made six super saves, also had the best performance, but Mbappe, who was responsible for all of the team's goals with a hat trick, was also outstanding.
Mbappe showed everything a front-line striker should play in just one game. The first goal, a volleyed shot from Ousmane Dembele's cross, was a work of art. The second goal demonstrated Mbappe's fantastic off-the-ball movement, and the third goal, which ended the hat trick, was the pinnacle of a striker.
Media outlets specializing in soccer statistics also had favorable reviews. ‘SofaScore’ and ‘Whoscored.com’ gave it a score of 10 out of 10. 'Pot Mob' evaluated that the performance was close to perfect, with 9.8 points, 0.2 points short.
It was difficult to evaluate Mbappe based solely on his hat trick. He attempted nine shots and had five on target, excluding one that hit the post and hit a defender.
Once the ball was delivered to Mbappe, it was PSG's chance to score from that moment. From the Reims defense point of view, he could not help but feel like a devil.
However, PSG coach Luis Enrique gave an interview with a question mark after the victory. In an interview with overseas reporters, he said, “I am not very satisfied with Kylian today. There is nothing to say about goals and hat tricks. “But he was able to help the team in other ways.”
He added, “Killian is one of the best players in the world. But we need more. We want him to do more. “I will talk about it and it is confidential,” he added.
Mbappe said after the game, “The most important thing is to enjoy the game. I don't have to be good to score. All I want is to do well and score goals. “My goal is to try to help my team.”
It is unclear what exactly coach Enrique wants from Mbappe, but the fact that he wants more from the player who scored a hat trick and led the team to victory shows that expectations are high. On the other hand, it is also an interview that can be stressful. Fortunately, amid the misfortune, Mbappe responded positively.
Meanwhile, Mbappe was at the center of speculation about a transfer to Real Madrid this summer, and he had to suffer until the end due to the worsening relationship with PSG. Even after the opening of the 2023-24 season, the issue was not resolved, and he returned to the first team with a dramatic gesture of reconciliation.
Of course, there were many rumors during this process, and the most important one was that restrictions were placed on transfers without a transfer fee. The results will only be known when the lid is opened, but PSG and Mbappe's partnership is still like walking on thin ice.
Mbappe also spoke about this. He said, “The most important thing is that I wanted to play soccer. I would like to leave it to the media to talk about other aspects (transfer-related). I don't want to talk about that and I don't want to add fuel to the fire. “I already have too many rumors.”