“Why This Playmaking?” – Kylian Mbappe Slammed for Trying to ‘Playmake’ Instead of Using His Speed

Published 12/14/2023, 5:45 AM EST

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Last night, PSG returned to UEFA Champions League group-stage action against Dortmund. In a surprising turn of events, the Parisians were held 1-1 at Signal Iduna Park. While the fans continue to talk about the shocking result, the spotlight has shifted towards Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman has been urged to ‘stop trying to prove to everybody that he’s a playmaker,’ despite having acceleration as his major strength. 

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PSG hasn’t endured much of a decent run in the Champions League so far. Yet, they managed to qualify for the round of 16 by finishing second in Group F and staying two points behind Dortmund while sharing eight points with Milan. Thus, Mbappe needs to polish his speedy boots for the knockout rounds!

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ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno took a dig at Kylian Mbappe playing as a playmaker last night against Dortmund. The former player questioned the Frenchman for not using his speed to get past Dortmund defender Matt Hummels. “For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Mbappe is trying to play make, trying to play a sort of like a number 10 and kind of in between the lines,” he said. The pundit then questioned Mbappe for not using his speed to exploit Dortmund’s defense back-and-forth. 

While backing him as a ‘great and one-of-a-kind talent,’ Moreno urged Mbappe to stop proving that he’s capable of playmaking. “Why this playmaking? Get in behind and utilize that speed and be successful, efficient, and effective for your team,” he concluded. 

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Meanwhile, despite PSG qualifying for the round of 16, the 24-year-old wasn’t satisfied, and Luis Enrique explained his discontent. 

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Despite UCL qualification, Kylian Mbappe was frustrated on the field, with PSG settling for a draw and firing blank. Amid the talk, PSG boss Luis Enrique took charge to explain the Parisian skipper’s dissatisfaction“Mbappé’s frustation? It’s normal for the players to be frustrated. We had 5 chances to score, 5 chances,” he quoted.

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Additionally, Enrique underlined the importance of a well-rounded strategy, warning against going all-out offensive as it may result in “stupidly” giving up a late goal and losing the game. The Spanish manager stated that he was prepared to deal with star players’ arguments and disappointments. Do you think Mbappe should start using his pace to decide games?

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