Kylian Mbappe says he, Lionel Messi and Neymar have to find a way to work together to succeed as a front three at Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG’s acquisition of Messi made many believe the French giants would be unstoppable this season. However, the club’s frontline has struggled to click during the 2021-2022 campaign so far.
Reflecting on their issues, Mbappe says each player needs to ‘share the cake so that all three can eat’ – claiming ‘you can’t say that you’ll pass to one and not the other.’
When you play up top with players like that, you have to share the cake so that all three can eat,’ Mbappe told RMC Sport via Marca. ‘You can’t say that you’ll pass to one and not the other.
‘You have to be smart. There will always be moments of frustration, but the only interest the three of us have is to make PSG win.’
Mbappe’s frustrations this season have been clear. He was even caught on camera criticising Neymar following their 2-0 win over Montpellier.
Mbappe, who had been substituted, was captured on Canal+ cameras telling Idrissa Gueye that Neymar ‘doesn’t pass’ to him like he does with others, after the Brazilian teed up Julian Draxler for the second goal.
However, when asked about the situation in more detail, Mbappe said: ‘It happens sometimes. I should have thought more, but I don’t regret it. It might seem strange from the outside, but on the inside we know how things are.
‘I have great respect for Neymar as a player and as a person. There are a lot of cameras now, but this is football and we have no problems.’
However, Mbappe did admit that it was ‘easy’ to play alongside his new team-mate Messi. He said: ‘It’s very easy to play with Messi, really. He really understands football, always knows what to do.
‘If he has to dribble past everyone and score a goal, he’ll do it. If he has to play with one touch, he’ll do it. He’s one of the best, if not the best.’