Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has defended Kylian Mbappe amid allegations that the forward has lost form and focus.
For his results, Mbappe is facing mounting criticism but Mauricio Pochettino has no issue with the striker.
Having begun the season by scoring nine goals in as many matches, France star Mbappe has scored just twice in his last seven games in all competitions.
The 22-year-old has been undergoing a string of results in which he has made few decisive contributions beyond a lack of goals.
“I’m very happy with Kylian’s form,” Pochettino told a news conference. “He is an important player for us.”
“He is trying hard for the team. I’m happy with his effort and his involvement against Marseille.”
“As with everything, we are always looking to improve but I’m pleased with Mbappe’s effort and commitment. He’s played 90 minutes in all three games [since Pochettino’s arriva], which shows I’m pleased with the way he is performing.”
“So much is expected of him and he’s in the spotlight, but as I said, I’m very pleased with him and, over time, he’ll get goals and more assists.”