These are images that Parisian supporters had not seen for a long time. No, not those of their team celebrating a new victory because the PSG version Mauricio Pochettino still has not known the taste of defeat. Rather those of a Kylian Mbappé all smiles, with renewed pleasure, after a start to the year 2021 crossed in the shadows. The native of Bondy led his team to an easy success against Montpellier (4-0), the third consecutive in Ligue 1 for Paris Saint-Germain.
A more axial role this Friday evening
The talent of a great player of his caliber could not have completely evaporated in such a short time. This Friday evening, he was expected at the turn while his performances alternated between the disturbing and the pathetic. And it is an understatement to say that he did not fail, regaining his confidence by greatly simplifying his task. Mauricio Pochettino had replaced him in a more axial role, in support of Mauro icardi. In this position, the former Monegasque did not need to make a difference, only with the ball at his foot, off-center on one side. Raids regularly doomed to failure in recent weeks. Against Montpellier, Mbappé did what he can do best: take the speed defense without a ball.
After a quarter of an hour of play, the world champion had already changed the match by forcing the Montpellier goalkeeper Jonas Omlin to venture out of its surface to stop it. An illegal intervention in the last bulwark position (16th) and the Swiss had to leave his team to ten after viewing the video assistance. With one less player, the MHSC offered boulevards far too wide for the speed qualities of the Parisian number 7 who did not ask for time. At the end of a school action between Neymar then Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappé was cheating Dimitri Bertaud – entered to compensate for the expulsion of Omlin – a subtle stung ball (34th).
After four matches of famine, the Habs had finally found the net, and with the red card caused upstream, his contract was fully fulfilled. But the striker was not satisfied with it. In the second half, put in confidence by his first forty-five minutes, at ease both in the finish and in the game, Mbappé shifted into high gear to put his family permanently. In just three minutes apart, he offered a goal to Neymar with a back pass (60th) and signed his double in the empty cages after a caviar from Mauro Icardi (63rd). In the meantime, the Argentine had scored the third pawn of PSG (61st).
Author of a double and an assist, Kylian Mbappé succeeded in his match, even missing the hat-trick at the end of the match (88th). Beyond the first place retained in Ligue 1, PSG can rejoice in a performance that could serve as a trigger for the French international as the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League against Barcelona (February 16) is already approaching with great strides.