Mbappe criticizes PSG coach ahead of Benfica


The dressing room of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is again not in harmony when the French champions will host Benfica in the Group H phase of the European Champions League, Wednesday (12/10) early morning WIB. Kylian Mbappe reportedly criticized the coach, Christophe Galtier during a 0-0 draw by Reims in the continuation of Ligue 1, Sunday (9/10).

Mbappe often played a different role when he was at Galtier’s PSG, namely being the pivot or pedestal on the front lines. During concocting PSG, Galtier almost always relied on the 3-4-1-2 tactic, with Mbappe as the spearhead. Usually, Mbappe will be accompanied by Neymar Jr on the front lines and supported by Lionel Messi as a hole striker.

This is different from the previous coach era or when Mbappe defended France. The 23-year-old player was given the freedom to move to accompany other players who became the foundation on the front lines.

Against Reims, the formation was again lowered, but not with the injured Messi and Neymar coming on as a substitute. After the match, Mbappe made a upload through the Instagram Story feature. “A draw, see you #icicestparis which is one of PSG’s slogans and the hashtag #pivotgang. According to reports by a number of French media, the hashtag #pivotgang was an allusion to Mbappe for Galtier.

Geltier admits Mbappe is like an orphan without Messi and Neymar. “Kylian Mbappe is like an orphan of Leo (Messi) and Ney (Neymar. As I thought,” said Geltier.

Of course, this is a warning for Geltier in the match against Benfica, who are both competing for the top spot in Group H. PSG currently leads but have the same points as Benfica in second, which is seven points.

The meeting of the two teams was presented in the match at the Da Luz Stadium, Lisboa, last Thursday (6/10) with a score of 1-1. Lionel Messi’s goal was equalized through Danilo Pereira’s own goal.

Messi is reported to have recovered from a calf injury against Benfica in the first meeting.

Benfica coach Roger Schmidt admits the match against PSG in Paris will not be easy. Even so, he remains optimistic that Benfica can win. “This group is difficult. We have a difficult trip to Paris now, but I think we can qualify. We have to win a game or two.” he said.

The last time Benfica traveled to PSG was in 2013 in the Champions League group stage. At that time As Aguias had to recognize the host’s victory with a score of 0-3. (Leparisens/UEFA/OL-12)