Kylian Mbappe must be more humble if he wants to be loved, according to Metz boss Frederic Antonetti… after fiery PSG star tried to score from a pass back to the hosts’ goalkeeper following an injury on the field
- PSG kept their unblemished record this season going with a win at Metz
- It was an ill-tempered affair with the hosts’ captain and boss being sent off
- Kylian Mbappe infuriated the hosts after trying to score from a back pass
- And Frederic Antonetti insists Mbappe must change his attitude on the field
Kylian Mbappe must become more humble if he wants to be a cherished figure in the game, according to Metz boss Frederic Antonetti.
The Ligue 1 giants managed to maintain their 100 per cent start to the new league season following Achraf Hakimi’s last-gasp winner at the Stade Saint-Symphorien on Wednesday night.
But it was the last moment of drama in what was an ill-tempered clash which saw Metz captain Dylan Bronn and boss Antonetti sent off in the closing stages.
Kylian Mbappe (R) must become more humble if he wants to be loved, according to Metz boss Frederic Antonetti (L)
Mbappe seemingly tried to lob Alexandre Oukidja from a kick back after the ball had been put out for an injury
The hosts were infuriated by PSG’s wild celebrations after Hakimi’s winner but were also left incensed by Mbappe’s attempt ten minutes earlier to seemingly try and lob Metz goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja from a kick back following the ball being put out of play for an injury.
Oukidja managed to claw the ball away after back-pedalling, but the hosts were furious the France star – who failed to secure a dramatic mega-money move to Real Madrid in the summer – had attempted to score from what is usually seen as sportsmanlike gesture.
And Antonetti subsequently dished out a warning to the 22-year-old striker, claiming he must change his ways if he wants to be more loved.
That drew a furious reaction from the Metz players, with the PSG star trying to score from a sportsmanlike gesture
Achraf Hakimi scored a last-gasp winner at Metz in an ill-tempered Ligue 1 clash
‘Kylian Mbappe had better behave differently if he wants to be loved,’ Antonetti said after his side’s 2-1 defeat via The Mirror.
‘I adore this player, he is very, very strong, but he would benefit from showing more humble behaviour.
‘In the game he had been non-existent. It happens when he cannot find space.’
It is not the first time Mbappe has felt the wrath of others for his actions on the field either.
Mbappe was reported to be furious after Olivier Giroud claimed that France’s front players could have linked up better in a friendly against Bulgaria prior to Euro 2020, while he visibly looked annoyed with Mbappe on the pitch.
The players from both sides clashed after the hosts were livid with PSG’s wild celebrations following Hakimi’s goal
Metz captain Dylan Bronn and boss Antonetti were both sent off in the closing stages
L’Equipe claimed that Mbappe, so livid with Giroud, wanted to go public with his response, but was talked out of holding his own press conference.
Mbappe did eventually his chance to go public on the subject, stating: ‘I spoke with Olivier Giroud,’ he said. ‘Everyone knows what happened. It is true that I was a little affected by it.
‘It is more that he said it publicly than the fact that he said it. I saw him in the dressing room and he didn’t say anything to me.’
Mbappe was also involved in a pre-Euros feud with fellow France forward Olivier Giroud (right)
A few weeks later, former France winger Jerome Rothen accused Mbappe of having an ‘oversized ego’ which had become ‘problematic’ for Didier Deschamps at Euro 2020, in which Mbappe went the whole tournament without scoring.
‘That he is the leader on the pitch, no problem… that it [his ego] extends to off the field too, that bothers me,’ Rothen said.
‘I think Didier Deschamps can no longer manage it and it is problematic. It is even surprising that he lets Kylian Mbappe do so many things. It can be seen in his performances on the pitch.’
Jerome Rothen (right) also criticised Mbappe’s ‘oversized ego’ during the tournament
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