France head coach challenged Paris Saint-Germain star to elevate his game ahead of Bosnia-Herzegovina meeting
Mbappe had one game to forget as France opened their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw against Ukraine last Wednesday.
The Paris Saint-Germain star was left on the bench for the 2-0 win over Kazakhstan four days later and missed a penalty in the second half, with Deschamps wanting to see him increase his game against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
What was said?
“He can’t be happy with what he’s done so far,” said the France manager ahead of the Group D midweek game.
“He wasn’t very comfortable in the first game. He was much better against Kazakhstan and had chances. Of course, he wants to score more goals and create them. ”
Asked whether Mbappe’s penalty against Kazakhstan affected his state of mind, Deschamps replied: “No, I don’t think so. It happens to everyone.
“I know Kylian well. He may, over a match or a period of time, have an efficiency spell that is not as good as his usual levels. ”
Mbappe’s record for France
Mbappe has been prolific at club level throughout his time at PSG, but has not been as consistent in numbers on the international stage.
The 22-year-old has scored 16 goals in 41 appearances for his country so far, including four in his run to 2018 World Cup glory, while also making 13 assists.
What else did Deschamps say?
Deschamps then discussed the battle for a starting place in his squad between Ousmane Dembele and Kingsley Coman.
Coman started against Ukraine but was ruled out of the victory in Kazakhstan, with Dembele scoring the opening goal after playing a role on the right wing.
Deschamps says the two can add value to the squad in the future, adding: “They are players with a bit of the same profile – but they are not the same. They are both dribblers capable of knocking out opponents from the match.
“Ousmane can pass his opponents and go fast without the ball. Kingsley can play both sides, although he has a preference, as does Ousmane. ”
Where is France in its World Cup qualifying group?
Despite their slippage against Ukraine, France occupy first place in Group D on goal difference after two matches.
Deschamps’ side are two points ahead of Ukraine and Finland heading into Matchday 3, with the two sides drawing a 1-1 draw on Sunday.