Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe scored twice to knock Poland out of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. With these goals, Mbappe is leading the Golden boot race with a tally of five goals. But ahead of the France and England semi-final, Polish full-back Matty Cash issued an important message for the English defenders.
While talking to the Guardian, Cash expressed that running around chasing Mbappe gave him a lot of physical pain as he felt that his legs were burning. He then talked about how the speedy Frenchman can drop his shoulder and zoom past the defender.
He said, “I’m watching the videos while lying in bed. In real life he’s burning my legs – that’s the difference. It’s a massive difference. When he stands you up and moves he does it really well. He drops the shoulder, goes short then long. I got into a couple of races with him and I did all right. You look over your shoulder and he’s there.”
Cash also revealed that facing Mbappe was the toughest one-on-one battle of his career. He said, “I spent the afternoon watching his clips and I knew it was going to be a tough test, but when he gets the ball, stops and moves, he’s the quickest thing I’ve ever seen.”
He also talked about how after the game the PSG frontman gave him his jersey. Matty Cash said, "I said to him at the end: ‘Can I have your shirt?’ and he gave me his match-worn shirt so I’m delighted with that.”
Defending champions France have so far managed to evade the World Cup winner’s curse in Qatar. Les Bleus dominated their group with resounding wins over Australia and Denmark. But failed to win their final group-stage game against Tunisia which ended as a 1-0 defeat. Then in the Round of 16, France registered a dominant 3-1 victory to clinch the quarter-finals.