August 2, 2022
‘Impossible’ to catch the ‘fish’ Kylian Mbappe, who looks like Bukayo Saka, has the qualities of Arsenal icon Thierry Henry and ‘is the tree that hides the forest of Paris Saint-Germain’

Emmanuel Petit sees similarities between Kylian Mbappe and Bukayo Saka, in the way the two young strikers are physically treated by their opponents.

However, Petit points out that the difference between the two is that it’s ‘impossible’ to catch the Paris Saint-Germain star when he’s in midair.

Mbappe is seen as a future Ballon d'Or winner

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Mbappe is seen as a future Ballon d’Or winner

Saka has so often been Arsenal's main attacking spark this season

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Saka has so often been Arsenal’s main attacking spark this season

Anyone trying to catch them will experience the same level of frustration as someone trying to catch a fish without a rod by their side… according to Petit.

“When you look at Saka with Arsenal he was complaining about referee protection and it’s the same with Mbappe in France and everywhere he goes,” Petit told talkSPORT.com with Lord Ping.

“Opponents always try to pull him down, try to put physical impact on him all the time but you can’t catch him, it’s like a fish! Like fishing with your hands, it is impossible to catch it.

“This guy is so fast you have no idea. I was so close to him sometimes during games [as a pundit] and the quality of his feet, the rotation of his feet is phenomenal.

“When I look at Salah and Mane at Liverpool, they have pace, they are fast, they have speed and are in good shape all the time. But Mbappe, there are few players in the world who can replicate the sprints he does with great intensity.

“You can’t catch him, it’s impossible, you can’t catch him… you have to have two or three players on him, you have to read the space behind you.”


Mbappe has it all as a player, but his pace is arguably his most dangerous weapon

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Mbappe has it all as a player, but his pace is arguably his most dangerous weapon

We feel there is so much more to come from the precocious 23-year-old, who already has four Ligue 1 titles and a World Cup winner’s medal.

Mbappe looks set to take the next big step in his career with a free transfer to Real Madrid this summer seemingly on the cards.

Petit hopes the player, who reminds him of Arsenal and France icon Thierry Henry, will change his mind and stay in Paris, but warns PSG will feel the effects of Mbappe’s departure.

Petit adds that not only would PSG lose one of their best players, but they would also lose a strong character in the dressing room that many of their teammates rely on.

Lionel Messi and Neymar were booed by PSG supporters in the club's first game after collapsing at Real Madrid in the Champions League.  The Parisians did not boo Mbappe, however

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Lionel Messi and Neymar were booed by PSG supporters in the club’s first game after collapsing at Real Madrid in the Champions League. The Parisians did not boo Mbappe, however

“He reminds me so much of Thierry Henry in terms of some of his qualities,” added Petit.

“To be honest, I am surprised every weekend by him.

“There are also similarities between him and Saka with what happened after Euro 2020. They received so much criticism and anger after the tournament, but they showed so much maturity on and off the pitch. .

“At the start of the season, Mbappe was booed by his own fans week after week. He kept his mouth shut and said “I’ll be there” and he’s been there from the start.

“He talks but then he does things on the pitch where 90% of Paris Saint-Germain dressing rooms lead behind him. It’s the tree that hides the Paris Saint-Germain forest.

Mbappe was abused by a dog when France were knocked out of Euro 2020 after Mbappe registered his penalty against Switzerland.  He responded like a champ though

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Mbappe was abused by a dog when France were knocked out of Euro 2020 after Mbappe registered his penalty against Switzerland. He responded like a champ though

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