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Barcelona defender in awe of Kylian Mbappe, calls him “The best of the best”



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Kylian Mbappe is currently on international duty with the French National Team ahead of the anticipated European Championships in Germany.

Now the captain of Didier Deschamps’ side, the youngster has more responsibility than ever on his shoulders but he has shown before that he is not one to shy away from leadership.

The World Cup Golden Boot winner will thus look to replicate the same impact that he unleashed in Qatar in 2022 during the upcoming Euros.

After all, the announcement of his move to Real Madrid unshackles him from media pressure and he will be free to open his wings.

Jules Kounde says Mbappe can’t be stopped

Jules Kounde played against Kylian Mbappe during this season’s Champions League. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, speaking in a recent interview, Barcelona defender Jules Kounde heaped praise on the newly-announced Real Madrid signing, branding him ‘the best of the best’.

“That’s why I play soccer, for the big games, to face the best. And in that sense, Kylian is the ‘Crème de la Crème’. So it’s very satisfying.”

The Barcelona defender did a decent job in neutralising the Frenchman’s threat when Barcelona took on Paris Saint-Germain in last season’s UEFA Champions League.

Despite his difficult feat, however, he emphasised that Mbappe was very difficult to counter.

“A player like Kylian Mbappe can’t be stopped alone, it also requires a collective effort. Since he was [predominantly] in my area, I participated a lot in the success of the team,” he added.

He rounded off his conversation by revealing how playing against players like Mbappe enabled others to find their best versions and thus served as a role model.

“Playing against players like this encourages you to continue, to keep looking for more, and convinces you that if you work hard, sooner or later you will get it.”

Source: SPORT

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros



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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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