This Saturday night’s World Cup quarterfinal between England and France will be largely centered on how the Three Lions will stop Kylian Mbappe of PSG.
According to Adrien Rabiot, France has other tools to defeat England and is not overly dependent on Kylian Mbappe.
With five goals in four games, Mbappe, the star player for France, is in the driver’s seat for Qatar’s Golden Boot. The France teammate Rabiot disagreed with the claim that Didier Deschamps’ website over-relies on the 23-year-old superstar, who is widely regarded as the best player on the planet.
We view having him, according to Rabiot, as a plus. He is solely focused on scoring, and we go above and beyond to support him. We are not reliant on him. He has incredible potential, and maybe 90% of him can use speed and help.
We have additional players who can contribute in other ways. But Kylian is a fantastic weapon, and we won’t deprive ourselves of that for sure.
Juventus midfielder Rabiot put his future with France at risk by declining to join the standby list for France at the World Cup four years ago.
However, Deschamps brought the 27-year-old back into the fold two years ago, and now he is an important member of the France team and will start against England.
Rabiot recalled having recently stated that his relationship with the coach did not end in 2018. Perhaps there were two years with absolutely no communication. When he returned in 2020, he brought it up right away.
Everything went very smoothly. True, he wasn’t sure what to expect when we first met, but we hit it off right away.
In the meantime, concerns about Mbappe’s fitness were allayed when Ibrahima Konate said it was always the plan for him to skip the team practice on Tuesday.
In front of the assembled press, France stepped up their preparations, but the superstar of Paris Saint-Germain was not there. His rest day, however, was later discovered to have been planned for some time.