appointment Kylian Mbappe as deputy captain Paris Saint Germain conclude a polemic. Coach Les Parisiens Christophe Galtier try to straighten it out.
When PSG faced Pays de Cassel in the Round of 32 of the Coupe de France, Tuesday (24/1/2023) early morning WIB, Mbappe became team captain to replace the absent Marquinhos.
Mbappe answered Galtier’s trust by contributing five goals which made PSG win 7-0. After the match, the media questioned Galtier’s decision to give Mbappe the captaincy.
Galtier said that Mbappe had indeed become PSG’s new vice-captain since the start of the season, while Marquinhos still held the main captain’s position.
Galtier’s words caused a polemic because actually since last season, Kimpembe was vice-captain of PSG. Kimpembe is a native of Paris and is a PSG academy product.
Even though Mbappe is a Parisian, he was brought in from AS Monaco in 2017. Marquinhos also questioned the decision via social media, sincerely admitting that it was the coach’s decision.
Not wanting to drag on, Galtier immediately clarified his words. He confirmed that Mbappe and Kimpembe are vice-captains of PSG along with Sergio Ramos and Marco Verratti.
“The communication error is my responsibility. Everyone was surprised to see Kylian captain in the Coupe de France match,” said Galtier in ESPN.
“Kylian is one of the vice-captains in this team. We have a captain and four vice-captains including Kimpembe, Verratti, Kylian and Sergio Ramos.”
“I think there are several important criteria, not only those criteria but seniority at the club. There are other captains when Marquinhos is absent for some reason such as rotation, injury or suspension.”
“During the match against Lens, there was no Kimpembe, no Marco. Marquinhos was left on the bench. I also appointed Kylian. What I told you I have told Presnel.”