Over the weekend, the France National Team welcomed the Portugal National Team to Paris for an anticipated rematch of the UEFA Euro 2016 final. However, this time it was a UEFA Nations League match.
Much of the hype surrounded the encounter between Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé. Nonetheless, a specific player stole the show with his performance, Paris Saint-Germain central defender Presnel Kimpembe, who had Ronaldo in his back pocket throughout the match, limiting what he can do for Portugal.
For Canal Plus football pundit Pierre Ménès, Kimpembe is starting to hit another level, which could see him claim one of France’s starting center-back spots at next year’s Euro 2020.
“He loses a point on his bad raise which leads to the strike of Ronaldo late in the game. For the rest, he showed that he had moved into another dimension this season,” Ménès said. “Hyper concentrated, very bloody in his interventions. We can almost say today that he is the incumbent in this position of left axial.”
When it comes to the capital club, Kimpembe’s form could make it an easy transition from Thiago Silva to the France international. The 25-year-old will now show that he has that extra level in his game that allows him to earn the title of a world-class defender.
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