It was a furtive but significant gesture. In the 90th minute, Kylian Mbappé spread her arms in a sign that marked both her annoyance and her astonishment. As if talking to his coach, saying, "What? Me again ? Still replaced? Three days after Nantes, where Icardi had replaced Mbappé in the 78th minute, Thomas Tuchel reoffended and on Saturday kicked Choupo-Moting in the place of the world champion tricolor to play the final minutes of the match. Obviously, the PSG coach quickly grabbed the annoyance of his French striker. His body language and closed face betrayed his misunderstanding. But when the German technician tried to appease him on the sidelines, Mbappé barely gave him a look.
After the match, Tuchel tried to play down the situation. "Kylian never wants to go out, that's normal," said the former technician from Dortmund. He did not want against Nantes. There neither. It was the 90th minute. It's forgotten. Choupo-Moting deserved to play. We must respect that and these are my choices. He is not happy to go out but it is not much. Neymar is used to playing in this kind of atmosphere. Physically, it's good that he plays a match like that. For Kylian, it was difficult, they defended at three (Editor's note: defenders of Montpellier) against two (note: attackers PSG, Mbappé and Icardi). He stayed in the game and was decisive. I am happy. "
Not sure that his player shares his enthusiasm and is receptive to his arguments. This new misunderstanding is not really likely to smooth their relationship sometimes upset last season. She also intervenes in a context of negotiations between the player and the club for an extension. And this type of episodes should necessarily weigh in the player's thinking at the time of his final decision.