A map for Mbappe

Emery con­stantly try­ing to draw the very best out PSG’s teenage won­der

Sport360 - - Football Ligue 1 - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 editorial@sport360.com

Unai Emery ad­mits he is still try­ing to dis­cover Kylian Mbappe’s best po­si­tion.

The 18-year-old PSG striker was in ir­re­sistible form again on Wed­nes­day night, set­ting up two goals in a mem­o­rable 3-0 Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory over Bay­ern Munich.

PSG are in do­mes­tic ac­tion to­day with a top-of-the-ta­ble clash against Bordeaux and boss Emery in­sists that Mbappe is still a work in progress. He said: “Upon his ar­rival, we ques­tioned the po­si­tion­ing of Kylian be­cause he is a young player and we have to progress with him.

“He’s an at­tack­ing player, but he needs to learn the po­si­tion­ing that

the team needs on defensive sit­u­a­tions. He can play left, cen­tre and right and he has proved it.

“His pro­gres­sion will come through work and ver­sa­til­ity and we will look for his best po­si­tion so he can give 100 per cent.”

PSG’s cel­e­brated strike trio of Mbappe, Ney­mar and Edin­son Ca­vani al­ready have 18 goals be­tween them in all com­pe­ti­tions.

But Emery says he is will­ing to change his favoured 4-3-3 for­ma­tion when the sit­u­a­tion de­mands.

“We are pre­pared to work with dif­fer­ent sys­tems,” the Spa­niard said. “The 4-3-3 is the main sys­tem we use, it is great for keep­ing pos­ses­sion and ap­ply­ing pres­sure. But af­ter that we need to have an­other sys­tem for dif­fer­ent matches.

“Most im­por­tantly, it’s get­ting the bal­ance and po­si­tion­ing on the pitch with and with­out the ball.”

PSG could have a prob­lem in that re­spect against Bordeaux as Thi­ago Motta, so im­por­tant in an­chor­ing the mid­field this sea­son, may be ab­sent with a knee in­jury.

Bordeaux are four points be­hind in third spot, but are the only side other than PSG un­beaten. Head coach Jo­ce­lyn Gour­ven­nec be­lieves his side can draw en­cour­age­ment from the Parisians’ strug­gles against Lyon and Mont­pel­lier.

He said: “We just need to take in­spi­ra­tion from Lyon and Mont­pel­lier to go there, play well and take some­thing from the game.”

Much to learn: Kylian Mbappe was sen­sa­tional for PSG in Wed­nes­day’s 3-0 win over Bay­ern Munich.

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