‘He has a big personality… it’s not always easy to manage!’: PSG boss Thomas Tuchel lavishes praise on star man Kylian Mbappe as he responds to comparisons with Brazilian legend Ronaldo in chat with Rio Ferdinand
- Thomas Tuchel has admitted Kylian Mbappe ‘is not always easy to manage’
- He has backed the youngster to become the best striker in world football though
- Tuchel sat down with Rio Ferdinand before the Manchester United return leg
- Dani Alves hailed the impact the German manager has made on the club so far
Mbappe has enjoyed a sensational career so far, winning everything possible domestically and lifting the World Cup last summer to become one of the world’s best players at the age of 20.
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Thomas Tuchel admitted PSG star Kylian Mbappe’s personality ‘is not always easy to manage’
Mbappe has enjoyed a sensational career so far to become one of the world’s best players
MBAPPE STATS 18/19
Minutes per goal: 88
PSG hold a 2-0 lead after the first leg, in which Mbappe scored one of his 29 goals this season, but manager Tuchel has admitted that his personality is challenging him as a coach.
‘The guy is hungry and he has a big personality at 20-years-old, really big,’ Tuchel said in an interview with BT Sport’s Rio Ferdinand ahead of the second leg on Wednesday night.
‘So this is not always easy because the big personalities don’t always take the easy way. He’s challenging me as a coach for sure and at the same time he’s a super nice guy.
‘For me it is necessary that he has this kind of personality. To challenge me, to challenge everybody around him because he has the hunger to be a really special player in history.
‘For me he is a striker. He is not a (Lionel) Messi. He can be the best striker in the world and he’s on his way there. (Brazilian) Ronaldo is a good example. I had never actually thought about this comparison but that is a good one. I would agree.’
Manager Tuchel has admitted that Mbappe’s personality is challenging him as a coach
Veteran defender Dani Alves hailed the impact the German manager has made on the club
Veteran defender Dani Alves hailed the impact the German manager has made on the club so far.
He said: ‘He’s incredible. Here I’ve coincided a German with a Brazilian soul. The atmosphere he’s created here he’s brought the pleasure back into coming to work and you approach things with a big smile and energy and he reminds me of Pep (Guardiola), he really does in this sense.
‘He makes things really smooth, he’s stubborn but he does things his own way.
‘He’s a great man manager and dressing room manager, and team manager. This gives us a better chance of doing well this season. This gives us a greater chance of achieving our objectives.
‘I have to take my hat off not just to him but his staff too, because every day is really a pleasure to work with them. I have to pay them back for what they’ve done.’
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