Mauricio Pochettino’s struggle to juggle the plethora of egos at Paris Saint-Germain continued on Saturday night, as Kylian Mbappe was caught on camera moaning about teammate Neymar.
The Parisiens had just recovered from Lionel Messi’s refusal to shake his coach’s hand after being substituted in the 2-1 win over Lyon last weekend when they then took on Montpellier in the French capital.
And more trouble has been spotted among the star-studded squad, after Mbappe was caught on camera complaining to another teammate about Neymar’s selfishness on the PSG bench.
Goals from Idrissa Gueye and Julian Draxler were enough to seal all three points for the hosts on Saturday evening, but that didn’t stop Mbappe from voicing his frustrations from the substitute’s bench.
Having been brought off in the dying minutes of the game, the World Cup winner was caught by Canal+ TV cameras turning to goalscorer Gueye on the bench and saying: “He doesn’t pass me the ball,” in reference to Neymar.
The snipe came moments after the Brazilian had assisted Draxler, with Mbappe suggesting he doesn’t get the same service.
The lack of cohesion between the forward line was evident on the night, with Mbappe and Neymar both squandering great goalscoring chances, or refusing to pass to teammates placed in better positions.
Neither player ended the evening on the scoresheet, as Pochettino had to rely on substitute Draxler to kill the match in the last minute.
There had been fears that this all-star frontline, all of whom want to be the centre of attention, would fail to click due to their own personal interests. PSG sporting director Leonardo has already spoken out on the subject, stressing that there is no jealousy between Messi, Neymar and Mbappe.
But harmony is certainly lacking within the squad, as evidenced by Messi’s anger upon being replaced a week ago, and now the very public frustrations between the two other superstar forwards.
Pochettino faces a major challenge in keeping everyone happy in Paris, that’s for sure.