Kylian Mbappe: France Forward Told He’s Still a Child by Former PSG Boss

Kylian Mbappe: France Forward Told He’s Still a Child by Former PSG Boss

  • Mauricio Pochettino has described Kylian Mbappe as a child in terms of behaviour
  • Pochettino coached Mbappe during a stint with PSG from January 2021 to July 2022
  • Since Pochettino's departure, Mbappe's influence at PSG as grown on and off the field

Kylian Mbappe has been labelled as a 'child' by his former coach, Mauricio Pochettino.

Mbappe has been in devastating form this season, arguably the best player of the 2022 World Cup thus far, scoring five goals in four games at the Mundial.

Despite his exploits on the field, the 23-year-old Frenchman has been embroiled in a lot off-the-field controversy which Mauricio Pochettino, who coached Mbappe at PSG, believes is a result of his young age.

Kylian Mbappe, PSG, coach, child, Mauricio Pochettino, France
Mauricio Pochettino coached Kylian Mbappe during his brief spell with Paris Saint-Germain. Photo credit: @goal
Source: Twitter
"He's 23 and already won the World Cup. He's an amazing talent, but the problem is sometimes you need to manage yourself," Pochettino said as quoted by All Football.

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Pochettino believes that despite talking about one of the top players in the world, Mbappe struggles to manage himself because he is immature and childish.

"But I think he's doing well and sometimes people talk too much but it's not like this," he added.

Walker backed to stop Mbappe

Former Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott has said although Mbappe is a phenomenal player, there's one England player who can stop the superstar.

Mbappe is the joint-top scorer in the ongoing 2022 World Cup, and his performances have already garnered worldwide praise. Some have even declared the French star as the best player in the world.

England and France are on a collision course, and are set to meet in the tournament's quarter-finals after their round of 16 victories over Senegal and Australia respectively.

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Ferdinand chooses Mbappe over Messi

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Rio Ferdinand says Mbappe's performance against Poland was confident and comparable to Lionel Messi's role in Argentina's 2-1 victory over Australia.

Mbappe netted twice for France as Didier Deschamps' team progressed to the quarter-final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after a convincing 3-1 victory.

According to the Daily Mail, Ferdinand believes the 23-year-old forward is devastating in all areas and has had the most explosive performance so far at the World Cup.