The French national team advanced to the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup thanks to the heroics of striker Kylian Mbappe, who showed brilliantly by scoring twice and contributing to the team’s 3-1 victory over Poland. Since the beginning of the most important football competition on the planet in Qatar, he gave his first comment to the press after this match was over.
Mbappe scored two goals in the penalty area in the game between France and Poland, bringing the score to 2-0 and 3-0, respectively. These goals were scored in the 74th and 90+1st minutes of the play. Earlier in the contest, Olivier Giroud was the one to put Les Bleus up at the end of the first half, while Poland only managed to remove an honorable goal from Robert Lewandowski on the penalty spot when the match was about to conclude.
Mbappe, who was voted the best player of the game, gave an interview to the media and explained why he declined to hold a news conference during the 2022 World Cup on multiple occasions as follows: “I am aware that a lot of people are curious as to why till the conclusion of the World Cup. My silence has been broken at this point. I don’t mean to be condescending or hostile toward the fans or the journalists in any way. The reason for this is straightforwardly that I want to concentrate as much of my attention as I can on the matches.”
“When I’m trying to do something specific, I don’t want to waste time and effort on other activities like going to press conferences and the like. I have found out that I have to pay a fine to the French Football Federation because I disregarded the requests of the media. I am devoted. Because of what I have done, I will have to pay a fine. Because the Fédération Française de Football (FFF) does not accept individual judgments that go against the regulations, it is appropriate for me to receive a sanction for my actions.”
“The World Cup is a particularly cutthroat arena for athletic competition. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this recurring dream—in fact, it’s become an obsession—of winning this competition. Even though things are going swimmingly for France right now, there is still a significant distance between us and the target “Mbappe shared his thoughts with some reticence.
Mbappe: Put the whole world at feet
Polish coach Michniewicz can use a familiar sentence pattern to describe the defeat: “We did not lose to France, we lost to Mbappe”. Reaching the level of “carrying the team” at the World Cup when he was less than 24 years old, the whole world must have only magical Kylian.
Mbappe’s private life and personality are controversial but his class is not. Mbappe’s 24th birthday is still half a month away, but he now has more World Cup goals than Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Zinedine Zidane, Neymar, Thierry Henry, Rivaldo, Kempes… Mbappe’s victory is equivalent to Lionel Messi’s but remember, he played less than the man to… 3 World Cups.
Poland is not an easy opponent to play at all. Robert Lewandowski and his teammates are ready to give up their dignity, playing the most annoying defense possible to hold back the top attacking stars of France. And it is true that Mbappe had a tiring first 45 minutes with Matty Cash always following the picture with the ball.
But just 1 second of opening in the Polish defense, Mbappe found a space to poke a gap for Olivier Giroud to go down and open the scoring. Excellent concentration, excellent vision and passing skills are not inferior to any “number 10”, that is Mbappe.
With his skill set, Mbappe has too many options to penetrate Polish concrete. Turn the ball back into the middle, push the ball to the bottom of the border, cross the ball early with the right foot or finish it by yourself, the ball just reaches Mbappe’s feet and France has a bright attack.
The task of the remaining satellites is also easy, doing everything to stuff the ball for Mbappe. Griezmann, Dembele, Giroud, Rabiot, Theo Hernandez… They just need to pass correctly, the rest is for Mbappe to take care of.
Matty Cash, Jakub Kaminski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kamil Glik, when they are not physically fit, are just like green pieces for Mbappe to practice dribbling. Towards the end of the game, the penetrating power of the PSG striker became more and more terrible. Then whatever happens must come. Once there was enough space to put the gun on the barrel and take a look, Mbappe just walked out and got a table.
Two super shots, one with the mu and one with the right foot, were performed smoothly by Mbappe. Even though Szczesny is in high form, he can only fly to adorn Mbappe’s goal.
Mbappe became the first French player to score four or more goals in two World Cups. After 360 games at both club and national level, Mbappe scored 250 goals and assisted 113 times. We are really witnessing the parameters of a superman, who deserves to be the successor of two geniuses Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.
With 9 goals in the World Cup, Mbappe also surpassed Pele (8 goals) to become the player who scored the most goals before the age of 24. Worth mentioning, Mbappe’s 9 goals only came from 29 shots, an average of 3 shots, 2 times is the vibrating net. Importantly, the expected goal (xG) parameter of those 29 shots is only 5.0, which means that Mbappe is 4 goals better than expected.
There is an interesting image. After Poland’s second goal, coach Michniewicz angrily scolded his students for not following Mbappe closely. It must have been Michniewicz’s moment of sudden temper because after he calmed down and reminisced, he knew the Polish defenders had already done their best. Round of 1/8 World Cup is too small to keep Mbappe, he needs a bigger challenge!