Mbappé explains how Messi is adapting to life in Paris
The France international gave an interview to PSG's media department in which he described how Lionel Messi has been settling in with his new club.
No rest for Kylian Mbappé today. After doing an interview for Paris Match this morning, the France international was busy doing another one for the club which went out on PSG's official web site. While he didn't mention anything about his plans for the future, he did speak about how he has been adapting at the club and how he feels playing alongside Leo Messi.
“Adaptation is quicker when the personal bond is strong, because it helps on the pitch, you have fewer worries, fewer fears. But it's normal that new players arrive with confidence, with patterns that they have worked on. Even a player like Messi played at Barcelona for 15 years, and for 15 years he did the same thing, it worked,” Mbappé explained in his interview for PSG.
Mbappé on working with Messi
He also appeared upbeat about forging a partnership with seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, Messi. “Coming here [to PSG] is different for him - we have to let him adapt and we have to adapt to him. I think that's also something we work on in training, where we manage to create passing patterns. We also manage to create things during games, it's not necessarily only tactical work, but everything that can create a connection, to say that you know that such and such a player, when he's there, he can do this or that. Finally we get to know each other, because there is a difference compared to what we have seen on TV. We've all watched the players' matches when they arrived, but here it's different. You get to know that such and such a player likes to do this or do something else a little less. When we talk about adaptation, it's also about knowing how to analyse your team mates”.
To conclude, the former Monaco player also spoke about his relationship with the other players in the squad. “I get on well with everyone. And I speak several languages, so that also helps the players who don't speak French perfectly. And I've been here for a long time, so I'm one of the leaders in the dressing room. I try to help everyone because I am convinced that we will need every player to win and that everyone's time will come. Today, maybe some are waiting for their opportunity, but during the season, there is always a moment when it is their time. We will need everyone. And that is also the objective, to unite people, because it is all together that we will want to win great things”.