Kylian Mbappé’s half-time speech during France-Netherlands: “Don’t let them breathe.”

A video published by the FFF’s official social media channels this afternoon has given an insight into Kylian Mbappé’s first half-time team talk as France captain, during yesterday’s resounding win over the Dutch to kick off the team’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

By the break, Les Bleus were already 3-0 up, scoring twice in the first eight minutes before the PSG man himself added another shortly afterward. The second half would be more about game management for Didier Deschamps men, who nevertheless added a fourth through Mbappé at the end of the match.

His double on the night also saw him reach 38 goals for the national team, becoming the outright fifth all-time top scorer, among other milestones. The forward, who was officially made captain at the start of the week, garnered praise from his teammates after his first outing with the armband, with Eduardo Camavinga notably highlighting his half-time speech. 

As the team was returning to the dressing room, Mbappé called on his teammates to keep the pressure on their opponents:

“Well done guys, well done, well done, that’s it! That’s how you start a game. Don’t let them breathe, give them nothing. Same thing in the second half, the same thing. Don’t let up. That’s how we do it, guys.”

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin 

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