without Mbappé, the France team does not win

without Mbappé, the France team does not win
without Mbappé, the France team does not win

The length of Kylian Mbappé’s unavailability is not entirely established following his broken nose against Austria (1-0), but it seems certain that the France team will do without him for at least least one match during this Euro 2024. An absence which turns out to be unprecedented, because the Real Madrid striker (79 caps, 47 goals) has never missed the slightest meeting in the final phase of a major international competition. Indeed, the last time the Blues had to do without him for 90 minutes… it was in the Euro 2016 final against Portugal at the Stade de France.

However, Kylian Mbappé only played the last half hour of the third group match of the 2022 World Cup against Tunisia. An entry which did not allow the Blues to avoid a 1-0 defeat in this match marked by the equalizer in stoppage time invalidated in improbable circumstances.

The Parisian example

More recently, in friendly, qualifiers or League of Nations, the France team played a few matches without Kylian Mbappé starting at kick-off. There are no victories: 0-0 against Canada on June 9 (16 minutes), 2-2 against Greece on November 21 (26 minutes, 1 assist), 1-2 against Germany on September 12 . Ditto a few months before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: 1-1 against Austria (27 minutes) and 1-1 against Croatia.

But another French team was able to win without Kylian Mbappé: Paris Saint-Germain. On May 19 and 15, the capital club respectively won 2-0 against FC Metz and 2-1 against OGC Nice without its star in the group. PSG also offered solid performances against Losc in February (3-1) and Olympique Lyonnais in April (4-1) while the player remained on the bench from start to finish. Like, it’s possible.

Original article published on RMC Sport

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