PSG coach Thomas Tuchel substituted Kylian Mbappe in the 68th minute after he had scored a goal in Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 win over Montpellier on Saturday.
Tuchel brought on Mauro Icardi for Mbappe. But the 21-year-old was upset by the substitution and was seen exchanging some heated words with Tuchel in the sidelines.
Thomas Tuchel said after the match: “I am the coach, someone has to decide who goes out and who comes in and it is me. He [Mbappé] is very intelligent and knows what he is doing. He does not like going out but no player likes going out and these are not good pictures but we are not the only club to have this player reaction.
I also saw it in Dortmund today, I saw it in Liverpool and Manchester City. I watch a lot of football and I have seen a lot of reactions like that.”
“It is not good because it opens a discussion and subjects which are a distraction to our state of mind, because this team shows all together with Kylian, a very professional and very focused mindset. This subject always gives a little impression that it is not the case and it is a pity.”
“I am not angry, I am sad about this situation because it is not necessary. But that’s the situation and I explained to him why we did it and it will stay like that. It will stay that way, I will always decide things sportingly and we do not play tennis, we play football and we must, therefore, have respect for everyone.”
Mbappe could also face some disciplinary actions for his outburst and Tuchel has not ruled out that possibility. He said: “I don’t know, I will decide. I have to sleep a little and think. Afterward, I will make a decision tomorrow…I will decide if I speak about this thing, if I speak individually or if I do not speak about it. It depends on whether I sleep well or not.”
Mbappe was somewhat unprofessional in his outburst. He was not only disrespecting the manager’s decision but was also disrespecting Icardi who came on for him.
PSG have to handle these delicate situations very carefully because this is Mbappe we are talking of. He is one of the best players right now. So if he is angered, he could leave the club and there aren’t any club in the world who don’t want him in their team.
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