Commenting on the preparation match between the France team and Wales (3-0), Wednesday on ESPN, the former Scottish international Craig Burley attacked Kylian Mbappé harshly, accusing him of plunging into the area.
A lot of availability, flashes, the first goal of the evening, and an obvious complicity with Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann. After disappointing in March during the last gathering of the France team, Kylian Mbappé made up for it Wednesday evening against Wales (3-0), in Nice, in a preparation match for the upcoming Euro ( June 11-July 11). But his match at the Allianz Riviera did not please everyone. Commenting for ESPN, former Scottish international Craig Burley was ruthless with the young Paris striker, blaming him for his attitude on the pitch.
Accused of diving into the surface
He even went into a rage in the first period after contact between Mbappé and Joe Rodon in the Welsh area. Although embarrassed by the defender of Tottenham, the number 10 of the Blues missed his dribble and collapsed in the area, without really cursing the referee (32nd). If he did not appear to claim a penalty, Mbappé seriously annoyed Rodon, and therefore Burley, who urged him to get up from his commentary booth. “Oh, get up, get up! It’s a bad habit that he has, you know, keeping an eye on him. Mbappé, Monsieur the innocent! Look at that, look, it’s absolute cheating . It’s embarrassing. A player of his talent who throws himself like that … “, thundered the ex-midfielder, passed in particular by Chelsea, Celtic Glasgow and Derby County.
For him, the referee should even have sent a yellow card to Mbappé to sanction his “dive”. Not disturbed by this action, the 22-year-old world champion, in shape just over a week before the start of the Euro, opened the scoring two minutes later, on the lookout for an attempt by Adrien Rabiot deflected by Antoine Griezmann and pushed back to his feet by Danny Ward. Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé scored the other two goals of the evening.