Mbappe Controversy Overshadows PSG's Champions League Preparations

Mbappe Controversy Overshadows PSG’s Champions League Preparations

Paris Saint-Germain’s preparations for their crucial Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Sociedad have been marred by controversy surrounding coach Luis Enrique’s handling of star forward Kylian Mbappe.

Despite PSG’s comfortable 2-0 lead from the first leg, Enrique’s decision to reduce Mbappe’s playing time has raised eyebrows. The French superstar, who has scored 32 goals in 33 games this season, was benched for the game against Nantes and substituted early in the matches against Rennes and Monaco.

Enrique’s actions have been interpreted as a punishment for Mbappe’s decision to leave PSG at the end of the season. The coach has hinted that he is preparing the team to play without Mbappe, who is expected to join Real Madrid.

However, critics argue that Enrique’s handling of Mbappe is inappropriate and could jeopardize PSG’s chances of advancing in the Champions League. Former PSG defender Alain Roche said, “I don’t understand. I get the impression that ever since he told the club he was leaving he has been punished by the coach.”

Mbappe’s absence from the starting lineup has been particularly noticeable in PSG’s recent matches. The team has struggled to create chances and has failed to win in their last two games.

Enrique’s decision to experiment with Mbappe’s playing time ahead of such an important European fixture has been questioned. PSG have a history of dramatic collapses in Champions League knockout ties, and another exit this time would be disastrous for both the coach and the club.