Kylian Mbappe has stated that he enjoys ‘more freedom’ when playing for France than he does at PSG.
The 23-year-old scored the opening goal in France’s 2-0 Nations League triumph over Austria on Thursday night, before Olivier Giroud secured the win with a well-placed header.
After the game, the PSG star remarked that in Didier Deschamps’ system, he can ‘move and go to space,’ whereas in ‘Paris, it is different.’
Speaking to the mixed zone after the game, Mbappe said: ‘What they ask of me here is different. Here, I have much more freedom than at PSG.
‘The coach knows that there is a ‘9’, like Giroud, and so I can move and go to space. In Paris it is different, they ask me to play pivot, although I enjoy everywhere.’
The forward scored France’s first goal shortly after halftime, after breaking forward into space and smashing the ball into the roof of the net.
Giroud serves as the focal point of attack in Deschamps’ system, allowing Mbappe to make runs off his strike partner.
At PSG, Mbappe is frequently tasked with leading the attacking line in order to give Neymar and Lionel Messi more freedom.
This is supported by the statistics in Ligue 1 thus far this season. Mbappe has zero assists but seven goals, implying that his job in Christophe Galtier’s team is to finish chances.
Meanwhile, Neymar and Messi have both already had seven assists in the league and have a total of 12 goals between them.
The 23-year-old, who joined PSG from Monaco in 2017, is on track to become the club’s all-time leading striker, trailing just Edinson Cavani’s record of 200.
Mbappe on image rights controversy
Mbappe has previously stated that he would not participate in a photoshoot with the national team players owing to a disagreement with the France Football Federation about image rights rules (FFF).
However, in response to the forward’s unequivocal refusal, the FFF has opted to amend the agreement’s conditions.
“Yes [I’m happy with what happened this week]. It was not only me who found agreements. The whole team wanted that. Afterwards, I don’t mind being on the front of the stage if it’s beneficial for my teammates.
“Getting criticized won’t change the way I play and live. If it can help the band, I don’t mind. I think the whole group is happy,” he was quoted by L’Equipe.