Mbappe

Mauricio Pochettino was critical of Kylian Mbappe in his first post-match press conference as Paris Saint-Germain boss.

The Argentine’s new charges could only muster a draw against mid-table Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1, and afterwards the boss was clear about what – and who – needs to change.

“I am happy with his performance of course, but he needs to improve,” he said when asked about Mbappe.

“I’m sure he wants to score and play better and win games.

“For sure he’s disappointed.

“All the players need to improve and the team needs to improve.”

The new coach went on to explain that this is just the start.

“It’s only the beginning, as we only arrived three days ago,” he said.

“We are disappointed because we didn’t win.

“I think we created enough chances in the second half to score.

“We were unlucky that we didn’t score and didn’t get the three points.”

Pochettino also declared his happiness at returning to management, albeit in strange circumstances.

“I’m happy to be back after 14 months away,” he said.

“But it feels odd, as the last time I was in the dugout it was in front of 62,000 people.”

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