A map for Mbappe
Emery constantly trying to draw the very best out PSG’s teenage wonder
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.