On the eve of the Champions League semi-final second leg between Manchester City and PSG, concern is growing around the physical health of Kylian Mbappe. Present in a press conference, the Parisian coach Mauricio Pochettino gave news of his 22-year-old striker.
Pochettino does not hide his concern for Mbappe
Rested on Saturday against RC Lens, during the 35th day of Ligue 1, Kylian Mbappe suffers from a contracture in the right calf contracted last Wednesday during the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City. And on the eve of the second leg of this European clash, the state of health of the French international still does not inspire confidence in the capital. Moreover, the coach of Paris Saint-Germain, Mauricio Pochettino, did not say otherwise in front of journalists who came to listen to him this Monday at the Etihad Stadium.
“He will start with an individual session today. We will test him. We have one day to decide if he will play tomorrow,” said the Argentine coach before explaining more clearly what exactly is the situation of his best offensive asset. “We have to evaluate him today. He will do an individual training, to see how he is and if he is available or not for tomorrow. We’ll see tonight and then we’ll make the decision. Concerned? Of course, we want all the players fit and available to play. We’ll see in the next few hours,” explained Pochettino.
Comments that confirm the doubts raised on Monday by several media in France. However, the successor of Thomas Tuchel is not at all worried if he had to do without the top scorer of Ligue 1 against the newly crowned English champion.
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Continuing his press conference, Pochettino assured that in case of the withdrawal of the former center forward of AS Monaco, PSG has a bench full enough to beat Manchester City and reach the Champions League final.
“We have a big squad, all players can do the job well. If Kylian is not available, the team has the tools and the quality to try to win, which is the goal,” said the former Tottenham coach. Indeed, in case of unavailability of the child of Bondy, Paris SG will be able to count on the presence of Mauro Icardi and Moise Kean to try to turn the tables on City.