I have MORE freedom here than at PSG!’: Kylian Mbappe throws dig at Ligue 1 champions after France’s Nations League victory
The 23-year-old starred in France’s 2-0 Nations League win over Austria on Thursday night, scoring the opener before Olivier Giroud sealed all three points with a well-taken header.
After the game, the PSG star claimed that he can ‘move and go to space’ in Didier Deschamps’ system whereas in ‘Paris it is different’.
Speaking the mixed zone after the game, Mbappe said: ‘What they ask of me here is different. Here, I have much more freedom than at PSG.
‘The coach knows that there is a ‘9’, like Giroud, and so I can move and go to space. In Paris it is different, they ask me to play pivot, although I enjoy everywhere.’
The forward opened the scoring for France with an emphatic finish just after half-time, after he broke forward into space and smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
In Deschamps’ system, Giroud acts as the focal point of attack which allows Mbappe to make runs off his strike partner. Whereas at PSG, Mbappe is often tasked with leading the attacking line, so as to give more space to Neymar and Lionel Messi.
The statistics in Ligue 1 so far this season supports this. Mbappe has registered zero assists but has scored seven goals, suggesting that his role in Christophe Galtier’s side is to finish chances.
Meanwhile his team-mate Neymar and Messi both have seven assists in the league already and have a total of 12 goals between them.
The 23-year-old, who joined PSG from Monaco in 2017, is close to becoming PSG’s top goalscorer of all-time – being just 19 goals behind Edinson Cavani’s record of 200.