Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring their third goal during the French L1 football match between Nimes and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), on September 1, 2018 at the Costieres stadium in Nimes, southern France. Pascal GUYOT / AFP
France’s superstar striker Kylian Mbappe is a target for defenders and will need to learn self-control, his France handler Didier Deschamps said after the teenege sensation was sent off for retaliation on Saturday.
Mbappe, who sot to global fame as France romped to the 2018 World Cup, scored the decisive goal in PSG’s 4-2 league win over Nimes on Saturday but was sent off in injury time for lashing out after a scything tackle.
“He’s going to have to learn to control himself. Kylian is a World Cup winner,” said Deschamps, who will be working with the striker ahead of the Netherlands v France Nations League match next Sunday.
“I’ll talk with him, he was likely afraid of getting injured,” Deschamps said of the tackle that Mbappe described Saturday as having no place in football.
“I’m not accused the Nimes lot, they have a physical game and Kylian has to live with that. It wasn’t that bad,” said the World Cup winning coach.
Mbappe risks a lengthy ban after his red card, but he insisted he had no regrets.
“If I had to do it again, I would and I would apologise to all the supporters and to everyone,” Mbappe said, claiming the initial challenge by Teji Savanier “doesn’t belong on a football field”.
Minnows Nimes, the former club of Eric Cantona and Laurent Blanc, are back in the top flight this season after a 25-year absence and stunned near-neighbours Marseille in their last home outing.