PHÁPHLV Luis Enrique admitted his helplessness in persuading Kylian Mbappe to rest in the match against the sixth-tier team Revel.
“Why not give Kylian Mbappe a break? He wants to play, and at that point, the rest of us don’t have much to say. You can only watch him play and enjoy that,” Enrique replied when asked about playing Mbappe for the full 90 minutes in the 9-0 victory over the sixth-tier team Revel in the French Cup round of 32 on January 7.
Enrique also believes that Mbappe is a player with more influence than the coach. And when players like him play, he asserts that all elements benefit, including the team, the audience, and the opponents.
In the 9-0 win over Revel, Mbappe scored three goals. The 25-year-old forward raised his season tally to 25 goals in 24 matches, bringing his total goals for PSG to 237 in 284 matches and his career total for club level to 268 goals in 356 matches.
Normally, when facing much weaker opponents, top-ranked teams often use their reserve lineup. On January 6, in the victory over the fourth-tier team Arandina in the Copa del Rey round of 16, Real Madrid rested their entire starting lineup in La Liga. However, when facing Revel, Enrique still fielded many stars like Mbappe, Kolo Muani, Goncalo Ramos, and Marco Asensio.
Enrique took over as PSG’s manager from the beginning of the 2023-2024 season. PSG is currently leading Ligue 1 by five points, advanced to the French Cup round of 16, the Champions League round of 16, and won the French Super Cup. However, their performance in the Champions League hasn’t been truly convincing. PSG finished second in Group F with eight points after six matches. Enrique’s team only advanced on goal difference over third-placed Milan.
Before joining PSG, Enrique won a Champions League, a treble, and two La Liga titles with Barcelona. With the Spanish national team, he reached the Euro 2021 semifinals and the Nations League 2021 final. Enrique parted ways with Spain after a 0-3 loss to Morocco in the penalty shootout of the World Cup 2022 round of 16.