Ligue 1 Luis Enrique explains decision to sub off Mbappe in PSG draw

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Paris Saint-Germain boss Luis Enrique was forced to field questions on Kylian Mbappe after the France superstar was withdrawn at half-time of the 0-0 draw with Monaco in Ligue 1 on Friday.

The Spanish coach suggested the decision was about getting used to life without Mbappe who said recently that he would not be extending his stay in the French capital.

Mbappe made little impact in the opening 45 minutes against his former club – he did receive treatment on an ankle after going down under challenge – and did not come out for the second half.

“It’s 100% a coach’s decision,” the PSG coach said, adding: “Sooner or later, we will have to get used to playing without Kylian. It’s a decision that I made with the aim of doing the best for the team.”

The questions continued to be centred on Mbappe, as Enrique was probed about never taking him off other than due to an injury. “I’m not going to get into this game,” Enrique said. “I’m a professional, I don’t have a problem. It’s just a question of handling a situation that is best for the team.”

Shortly into the second period, Mbappe emerged from the tunnel at Stade Louis II and walked round the pitch, waving to fans, taking selfies and then heading to the stands rather than the dugout.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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