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Stopping the dynamo that is Kylian Mbappe can be a tough task. Just ask Messi and Argentina. The Frenchman ran riot for France in the 2022 World Cup final against Argentina scoring a hat-trick. Despite France losing, that game is etched in history. However, fast forward to September 2023, and there’s all to play for in the Euro 2024 Qualifiers. And, Republic Of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has been speaking about how he intends to stop Mbappe ahead of their upcoming European Qualifier game. This comes shortly after PSG quoted a fee of $270 million for Mbappe to his potential suitors Real Madrid.

But club transfers aside, France’s talisman is fit and available for the national side. Ireland play France at the Parc de Princes on September 8th in Group B of the Euro 2024 Qualifiers. And Irish boss Stephen Kenny has suggested that he could get “creative” to stop the French forward.

Republic Of Ireland boss suggests creative way of stopping Kylian Mbappe in Euro Qualifier

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Stephen Kenny has commented about his plans and challenges ahead of the crucial qualifier against Les Blues. According to a report in the Irish Mirror, while speaking about his plan to stop Mbappe, Republic of Ireland boss Kenny said, “Mbappe is the opposite opponent for the right wing-back and he’s the most potent attacking player in the world. That’s a challenge.”

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‘We have to pay careful attention to that position because they are devastating from that position. Festy is naturally an attacking player, playing as a wing-back. That’s a challenge for us and one that we have to find (an answer to). I have a clear idea in my head of what I want to do, but we have to be creative in how we do that and make sure that we get ourselves ready,’ he added.

This statement comes after the last meeting between the countries in March. On that night, Mbappe was marked and handled diligently by Irish captain Seamus Coleman. It’s safe to say that Mbappe was nullified by Coleman on the night, with the Everton defender doing an admirable job in stopping the Frenchman. However, France still won that game 1-0.

Group B of the Euro 2024 Qualifiers is a tough one

As France and the Republic of Ireland prepare to face off, the fate of Group B still hangs in the balance. But that’s only for the second qualification place for Euro 2024.

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France currently leads the group with a staggering 100% record winning 4 out of 4 games and scoring 12 points. So they’re surely on their way to qualifying for the Euros. However, the fight for the second qualification spot is heating up. The other teams in contention for the 2nd placed spot are Greece, The Netherlands, The Republic Of Ireland, and minnows Gibraltar.

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As it stands, Greece is in 2nd place with 6 points from 3 games, Ireland is 3rd with 3 points in 3 games, and the Netherlands is 4th with 3 points in 2 games.

Of course, the Dutch are favorites to qualify eventually. But it’s certainly a very tough group. As it stands, any of the three aforementioned countries could make it to the Euros by the end of the qualifiers. And it’s surely a group to keep an eye on in the run-up to Euro 2024.