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The PSG head coach insinuated reluctance to oppose Mbappe’s desires

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By manpreet maan

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Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Luis Enrique has acknowledged his helplessness in persuading Kylian Mbappe to sit out the match against the sixth-tier team Revel.

“Why not give Kylian Mbappe a rest? He wants to play, and at that point, the rest of us don’t have much to say. You just have to watch him play and enjoy it,” Enrique responded when asked about playing Mbappe for the full 90 minutes in the 9-0 victory over Revel in the French Cup round of 32 on January 7.

Enrique also stated that Mbappe is a player who speaks more on the field than the coach does. He asserted that when players like him perform, everyone benefits, including the team, the audience, and even the opponents.

In the 9-0 win against Revel, Mbappe scored three goals. The 25-year-old forward increased his season tally to 25 goals in 24 matches, bringing his total for PSG to 237 goals in 284 appearances and his overall club career tally to 268 goals in 356 matches.

Typically, when facing significantly weaker opponents, top-ranking teams often use their bench players. On January 6, in the Copa del Rey round of 16 match against Arandina, Real Madrid left their entire La Liga starting lineup on the bench. However, against Revel, Enrique still fielded many stars such as Mbappe, Kolo Muani, Goncalo Ramos, and Marco Asensio.

Enrique took charge of PSG at the beginning of the 2023-2024 season. PSG is leading Ligue 1 with a five-point gap, progressing to the round of 16 in the French Cup, round of 8 in the Champions League, and winning the French Super Cup. However, their performance in the Champions League has not been truly convincing. PSG finished second in Group F with eight points in six matches. Enrique’s team only advanced on goal difference over third-placed Milan.

Before joining PSG, Enrique won a Champions League, a treble, and two La Liga titles with Barcelona. With the Spanish national team, he reached the Euro 2021 semifinals and the Nations League 2021 final. Enrique parted ways with Spain after a 0-3 defeat to Morocco in the penalty shootout of the World Cup 2022 round of 16.

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