Without Neymar and Di María, PSG will buckle up Kylian Mbappé for the Champions League match against Barça . Without much regularity in his game, the French striker has, however, returned to take his devilish speed for a walk and on 7 February against Olympique de Marseille he scored a goal in a commercial. From the small area of your team to the opposite. French television measured the race, 99 meters, with peaks of 36 kilometers per hour.
Everything was born in a corner against. Since the arrival of Pochettino, Mbappé has defended these types of set pieces in his own area and always placed himself at the height of the post furthest from the shot. An area with less player traffic that allows you, once the ball has been recovered by your team or with a simple clearance, to deploy on the attack with the horizon in front. He did so. Almost 100 meters of running. His peak of maximum speed came when he approached the rival area. Just before stepping on it, he touched the ball for the first time in action with his right leg to dribble past a defender and immediately finished off with his left from the top of the small area. Gol.
It was not the first time that the French international moved at such speeds. In December 2017, against Lille, he made a sprint of 60 meters with peaks also of 36 kilometers per hour. In April 2019, against Monaco, in a match in which he scored three goals, in the first his career reached 38 kilometers per hour. It was then the first time that he was compared to Usain Bolt, who in the final of the 100 meters of the World Championship in Berlin (2009) achieved the world record (9.58) with an average of 37.59 and 44, 5 in the phase with the highest speed
In the 2018 World Cup, in the round of 16 against Argentina his 70-meter race with the ball, six touches in driving, from the middle of his field, chased by Mascherano, Tagliafico and Rojo, who ended up knocking him down inside the area, was one of the images of the tournament. He reached 37.4 maximum speed and his teammates began to call him Monsieur 37.
The newspaper L'Equipe then consulted Stephane Caristan, European record holder in the 110-meter hurdles in 1986, who confirmed Mbappé's innate sprinter conditions: “ Run like a sprinter, pelvis back, pubis forward allowing the knee to lift more easily and have a greater stride width. Your heel never goes above knee height and when your foot hits the ground, it goes up and down. With age – he was 19 years old at the time – he will gain more muscle in the buttocks and thighs and will make even more difference in the first supports. ”
Pochettino is working on the forward's positioning to find the ideal place from which he can better exploit his cruising speed and has chosen to place it on the left wing, either 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. In up to seven games he has started in that position, the same one in which he made himself known at Monaco between 2015 and 2017. In the other three games he has played as a forward at 4-4-2. So far this season, Mbappé in 28 games, all competitions included, has scored 18 goals and facilitated nine goal passes.
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