Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is wary over how Kylian Mbappe is treated in the coming months as he attempts to aid the teenager to reach his full potential
The 19-year-old forward has been in fine form for both club and country in the past few months with his four World Cup goals helping France add a second star to their jersey at Russia.
Meanwhile, Mbappe leads the Ligue 1 scoring charts with four goals following a spectacular strike against Nimes in PSG’s recent 4-2 win.
Yet Tuchel intends to pay close attention to the small details of Mbappe’s development in what he regards a vital point in his career.
And the former Borussia Dortmund coach is keen for Mbappe to avoid any further alterations with opposition players following his sending-off against Nimes that saw him being handed a three-game ban by the Ligue 1.
“I heard someone speak about Andres Iniesta in Barcelona. It was the director of the academy who was speaking about him and he said: ‘Pay attention to how he develops’,” Tuchel told RMC.
“It’s a little bit the same with Mbappe. You have to be gentle with him, you have to be careful that he doesn’t get a big head, that he develops his tactical consciousness and becomes aware of the importance of daily work in training, but also in his day-to-day professionalism in order to achieve the massive goals he’s set himself.
“That will be decisive, I believe. It’s a question of details.”
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The German is unhappy that veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the only high-profile name that PSG signed in the summer.
“Not 100 per cent to be honest with you,” Tuchel admitted.
“We were looking for a No.6. We wanted to replace Thiago Motta. For a No.6 at PSG, you need talent and a very big personality. We couldn’t find anyone to fit the bill. We ran out of time.
“Now, we have 100% confidence in this squad, in these players, and we’re looking forward.”
PSG will take on Saint-Etienne on Friday before facing Champions League finalists Liverpool next Tuesday in the first game of their European campaign.