The sequence will make you smile or could annoy depending on the positions of some. Invited to speak on TF1, official broadcaster of the French team, after the record victory against Gibraltar (14-0) on Saturday evening, Didier Deschamps appeared happy and relaxed. It's hard to be otherwise after an almost perfect evening for the selection and only darkened by the injury to Warren Zaire-Emery. Asked about the performance of Kylian Mbappé, author of a hat-trick and three assists, the boss of the Blues wanted to be teasing.
“No, I expect a lot more from him,” he replied to a question from Bixente Lizarazu, in reference to the little dig from Luis Enrique, Mbappé’s coach at PSG. A little chambering which made the captain of the Blues smile. In the post-match press conference, he did not repeat the same thing a few minutes later, adopting a more conventional speech. “Kylian, beyond what he has done and is capable of doing, scoring this hat-trick... he is totally involved on the pitch and in his role as captain too. This makes him responsible towards the group, he does it perfectly, assisted by Antoine (Griezmann) too. »
The small chambering of Deschamps, referred to the exit of Luis Enrique after Mbappé's hat-trick against Reims (3-0). The Spanish technician assured that he expected more from his attacker. “There is nothing to say about the goals. But it can be better. I will analyze his match, and I will tell him in private. He is one of the best players in the world, but we need more. We want him to do even more! This is just my opinion. »
Asked on Friday before the match about his club coach's comments, Kylian Mbappé had defused any tension. “You have to ask him why this timing. I took it very well, he's a great coach, he has a lot to teach me. From day one I told him he would have no problem with me. I have always worked very well with the coaches I have had. I am a demanding player with myself, so if I find this requirement that suits me. »