On Tuesday, Kylian Mbappe became the centre of attention at Parc des Princes. He scored a penalty. This is after his latest controversy in a 1-1 draw with SL Benfica.
The France international put the home team ahead in the first half. Joao Mario equalised for the visitors with a second-half penalty kick.
Mbappe’s pre-match performance guaranteed he was the constant talking point. It is rather than what he performed on the field. The former AS Monaco star is unhappy at PSG.
The rumours became so serious. Luis Campos was forced to speak publicly before the match started. The Portuguese transfer specialist downplayed the accusations. And it dismissed any revolution.
Lionel Messi was not present. Christophe Galtier deployed Pablo Sarabia in attack alongside Mbappe and Neymar. It put the team under early pressure.
It subsided after that, and it took a penalty to break the tie. Les Parisiens’ No. 7 stepped up to slam home.
Benfica was far from dead and buried. The Portuguese giants came back into the game. This is because of a foolish Marco Verratti foul. Joao Mario equalised expertly.
The 1-1 tie puts Group H in an odd situation. PSG and Benfica both had five points clear. Galtier’s men can progress with a home win over the Israelis. Roger Schmidt’s team might increase the Old Lady’s difficulties in Lisbon.
Mbappe is becoming an unmanageable character after this recent event. And it may stay for some time. His undeniable skill makes him important to PSG. His behaviour makes him difficult for fans and colleagues alike to relate to.
Mbappe may win his struggle to play in the same position. But the issue is how much it will cost this Parisian club. Galtier may have them unaffected. But draws have led them into a difficult Classique match. This is against arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille this weekend. They remain a work in progress.
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