In the aftermath of Paris Saint-Germain’s resounding 3-0 victory over Stade de Reims on Sunday at Stade Auguste Delaune, Luis Enrique’s comments over Kylian Mbappé’s hat-trick performance drew attention.
Even with the 24-year-old’s performance, manager Luis Enrique had constructive criticism. The Spanish tactician likely expects more from the winger, who isn’t only scoring goals.
Nonetheless, RMC Sport’s Arthur Perrot reports that Enrique’s remarks were humorous, intended to elicit a positive response from Mbappé rather than stir controversy. The comments were also meant to poke him so that he continues to excel.
🚨🇫🇷| At PSG, it’s explained that Luis Enrique’s comments about Kylian Mbappé were in a humorous tone and there’s no controversy. The comments were also just intended to poke him so that he continues to excel. @ArthurPerrot pic.twitter.com/prucHZbIuy
— PSG Report (@PSG_Report) November 11, 2023
The football world is no stranger to the occasional controversy arising from post-match comments. As a result, PSG seems determined to preempt any such narrative in this instance.
Nonetheless, Enrique is likely aware that Mbappé needs to be in his best form after the FIFA international break. PSG is set to face Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund. A win over both teams will secure a spot for the Parisians in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.