Kylian Mbappe confirmed his position in Paris Saint-Germain and the validity of the latter’s decision to stick to him despite his personal desire to leave for Real Madrid, by leading the capital club to restore its balance after turning its failure against its guest Angers to a hard victory 2-1 Friday in the tenth stage of the French Football League .
Argentinian coach Mauricio Pochettino’s team entered the meeting with Angers, who suffered his thirteenth defeat in a row against the capital club at the league and cup levels, looking to compensate for the defeat he suffered two weeks ago at the hands of Rennes, and his successive series of victories stopped at eight matches.
But he was close to receiving two defeats in a row for the first time since the first two stages of last season, had it not been for Mbappe, who passed the equalizing goal to Portuguese Danilo Pereira (69), then scored the winning goal in the killer time from a penalty kick (87), after the guests finished the half The first is advanced by Angelo Fulgeni (36).
And despite the absence of Argentine Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar due to their participation with their national teams in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the capital club managed to quickly restore its balance and achieve its ninth victory, which allowed it to temporarily move away in the lead by nine points from Lens II and 11 from Nice III, before the last two matches with Montpellier and Troye Saturday, respectively, outside their stadiums.
A difficult stage awaits Pochettino’s men
Pochettino’s team is entering a difficult stage of its season, as it is invited to face Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday, before it is a guest in the local league against its rival Marseille, and then opens the twelfth stage on Friday by hosting the defending champion Lille before facing again with Leipzig, but this time on The last stadium.
Despite the controversy that occurred in the past few days regarding Mbappe and his public disclosure of his request to leave the capital club in order to move to Real Madrid, the young star confirmed his professionalism and commitment to his current team.
And 11 days ago, the 2018 World Cup champion, who was crowned the European Nations League title last Sunday at the expense of the Spaniards, for the first time publicly addressed the issue of his departure from the Parisian club, saying that he informed his club at the end of last July of his desire to leave.
“My position was clear. I said I wanted to leave and I said it early enough,” he said in an interview with a radio program published by Radio Monte Carlo on his website.
The issue of Mbappe’s departure has sparked great controversy in the world of football, especially after the failure of a possible transfer to Real Madrid, which offered nearly 180 million euros in August to buy the last year of Mbappe’s contract with the Parisian team.
Despite this, Saint-Germain closed the door to negotiations, declaring through its Brazilian sporting director, Leonardo, that Mbappe “will leave or remain on our terms.”
Mbappe, 22, joined Saint-Germain in 2017 from Monaco for 180 million euros.
“(Paris) is a club that has given me a lot, I have always been happy in my four years here, and I am still. I announced it early enough for the club to fulfill my wish. I wanted everyone to come out big and hand in hand with a good deal,” said the young striker. I respect that.”
Absence of the South American Battalion
In the absence of Messi and his compatriots Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, Neymar and his fellow captain Marquinhos, Pochettino relied on Friday on a 3-3-4 formation, relying on Argentine Mauro Icardi and Brazilian Rafinha in the front line accompanied by Mbappe, while giving Moroccan star Ashraf Hakimi the opportunity to catch his breath and keep him on the benches. The substitutes, Colin Dagba occupied the right-back position and German Thelo Kehrer the center of the defense in the absence of Marquinhos.
With Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas injured during his participation with his country, Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma had the opportunity to defend the Paris club’s den, while the midfield consisted of the Italian trio Marco Verratti, Portuguese Danilo Pereira and Ander Herrera.
Despite his field advantage, the Paris club struggled to reach the goal during the first half of the match and found itself behind in the 36th minute after a counter-attack with a goal by Angelo Fulgeni, who received the ball with a cross pass from Moroccan Sofiane Boufal, Dagba was unable to intercept it.
After Herrera’s header goal was canceled for offside against the Spaniard, the referee blew the whistle at the end of the first half and the guests ahead of Pochettino’s men.
Pochettino felt the embarrassment of the situation after his players were unable to return to the match at the beginning of the second half, so he put the Dutchman Jorginho Wijnaldum and the Spaniard back from injury after an absence for nearly a year, Juan Bernat.
Saint-Germain did not wait long after these two substitutions to equalize with Danilo Pereira’s header after a perfect cross from Mbappe (69), before Pochettino resorted to Hakimi and German Julian Draxler at the expense of Herrera and Dagba.
Al-Faraj came for the capital club at the deadly time of the match when the referee awarded him a penalty kick that was confirmed by “VAR” after a hand touch inside the forbidden area from Roman Touma after Icardi’s header, so Mbappe blew it and scored it successfully in the net (87), raising his score To 7 goals, he is the top scorer with Gaetan Laborde (Rennes) and Canadian Jonathan David (Lille).
Saint-Germain was close to confirming the three points with a third goal, but the right post intervened in the face of Wijnaldum’s header after a cross from Mbappe (89).
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