Ahead of another Ligue 1 match on Wednesday, Pochettino surprised the world by stating Mbappe needs to adapt to Messi and Neymar.
When you have one of the best players in the world such as Kylian Mbappe, it sounds weird when you state that you need him to adapt to other players. However, Mauricio Pochettino is playing off the already existing chemistry that Neymar and Messi have. Mbappe is truly an outsider to this dynamic and making one player adapt is less difficult than the opposite.
Despite Mbappe’s time at PSG as the club’s top player, he will need to learn new things on this new adventure. Playing alongside two of the greatest players of the last 20 years together won’t be easy. But once everything clicks, PSG can potentially become one of the most incredible football clubs in the world. They could reach levels that we’ve never seen before from an attacking trio. Not even Messi, Neymar, and Suarez will get close to what these three monsters might be able to accomplish.
Pochettino explains why Mbappe needs to adapt.
With no Messi to play the next match, Mauricio Pochettino explained why Mbappe needs to adapt to the players who already know each other as reported by PSG’s website: “We need time to work and for the three new arrivals to understand each other and play well. The problem wasn’t the three attacking players, but that we need to be much more solid in all areas. I am happy with the defensive work of the attacking players. I saw some good things. We need to create those automatic movements over time and with training.
“We need to get together not only to train, but also to play. It’s true that against Lyon we went from playing 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 formation. There are questions of position, complicity and organization of play that take time to adapt to. We’re at a point where we have to combine the talent of Kylian Mbappe, for example, with the relationship between Messi and [Angel] Di Maria or Messi and Neymar, who already know each other. But we’re really happy with how we’re progressing with the improvements shown in the game against Lyon.”