Why is Kylian Mbappe the “full striker” in the Qatar World Cup?

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Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba explains why France’s top scorer, Kylian Mbappe, is believed to be the complete striker in football. 2022 World Cup finals.

A complete striker for me is a player who can create and score goals as well. The player who can change the course of the match with one move.

I will explain to you how I personally became one of these players, but I don’t think they are present much in the current World Cup.

And some teams prefer to play without a striker at all, but in the decisive moments, I think you will need someone to finish the attacking attempt, and someone to start it.

England’s national team includes Harry Kane, who I like to watch, but France’s top scorer, Kylian Mbappe, is the player who is distinguished from others by the specifications I mentioned.

If you put Mbappe in the center of the attack, he scores goals, goes backwards as well, and tries to create opportunities for others. And you notice that this is what he was doing with the French national team in the first two matches.

He can surprise defenders in duels, thanks to his speed. But I think that playing in various attacking positions with his club, Paris Saint-Germain, helped him acquire the skills of an all-rounder.

This is exactly what happened to me too. I became a complete striker, if you will allow me to call myself that, because I learned how to improve my skills and have more techniques to use on the field.

Mourinho asked me to change my style of play

When I joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, the coach, Jose Mourinho, told me to play in a different style than the one I used to play in France.

In Marseille I was always in the front line, constantly pushing forward, taking advantage of the spaces behind the defenders.

As for Mourinho, he wanted me to play a more pivotal role, to help the team build attacks as well.

And I knew that if I didn’t adapt to his philosophy, I wouldn’t play for his team. In order to stay in the team I had to change my style of play.

At Chelsea I learned how to run backwards to receive the ball.

And here I think that some detract from the intelligence of football players. You have to first understand what is required of you to do in order to play, and then be able to do it.

I would go to training and make Mourinho say, ‘This is the player I want’. And I also knew that I would have to work hard to achieve this.

Not just the amount of work, or taking care of my body, it required changing my playing style to become a better striker. And I knew I had to use my brain as well to understand how to fit into the team and develop my skills.

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Drogba listens to the instructions of his coach Mourinho

When I came to Chelsea, I used to spend a lot of time watching a lot of videos, studying the style of play of my colleagues and the way the coach played, all in order to understand what he wanted from me as quickly as possible.

Things succeeded, and I got used to going backwards to receive the ball, and that method gave me many opportunities, including going backwards to go forward, according to the opposing team, and what the coach wanted from me.

There are currently only a handful of players who can do all of that. Olivier Giroud, Mbappe’s colleague in the French national team, can do some of that, because he has the skill to finish the offensive campaign, and he is well positioned in the area of ​​​​operations, but he does not move much.

I like the Manchester City and Norway striker, Arling Haaland, who is absent from the World Cup finals, because he scores a lot of goals and runs with the ball long distances, but I want him to be more creative in playing, because you cannot be a complete striker unless you do that too.

And people quickly forget all of these aspects of the game once the striker misses the goals.

We are required to score goals, and when we don’t score, people tend to think that something is not right, as happened with Harry Kane at the start of the current World Cup.

I disagree with those who say that. We all know Harry Kane is a proven striker and destroys goalkeepers if you let him in the area of ​​action, but I admire what he’s doing for the England national team.

When I see him running back to receive the ball and then pass it, I appreciate it. He’s a really smart player. Provides valuable effort to the team.

And this is the most important thing, and Mourinho said it to me, and he said it to all of us in the Chelsea team.

One day, during my first season at Chelsea, Mourinho put the squad together and put my name up front, but he put a question mark on the wingers. And he told us: “I don’t know who will eat from this player?”

Everyone was surprised by his words. And I thought to myself, does he want to kill me?

But in fact, he wanted to say that the question mark means that Didier keeps the ball, and when he comes to take it, you have to use the spaces he leaves behind him.

This is what is currently happening in the England national team. When Kane runs back, he leaves space behind for his team-mates, and for the wingers to cut through, but they have to know each time when to do so.

Harry Kane is not just goals

And the question of who deserves to play in the England national team arises regarding the wings only, and does not concern Kane, in any way.

They can come back and build attacks, as well as score goals, and others have to do their best too.

And that’s what Arjen Robben, Joe Cole, Damien Dave and everyone else who was on the wing at Chelsea, I guess, did. And so is Frank Lampard in the middle too. When I come back, Lampard sprints to my place up front and scores.

People wonder that Harry Kane didn’t score a shot on goal in the first three games this tournament, but they said the same about me when I scored 16 goals in my first season at Chelsea. But how many goals did I create with the spaces I left and the decisive balls I passed to my teammates?

This is the value you find in a complete striker. It’s not just the goals he scores. Rather, he provides greater services to the team.

Giroud did not score a single goal in the last World Cup. Nevertheless, he is a world champion. And the work he did enabled Mbappe to score goals and give his country the coronation.

This method works. As long as the England team is winning, there is no need to bother Kane because he did not score goals himself.


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