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Monday, December 12, 2022 – Polish footballer, Matty Cash has opened up on what it felt like playing against Kylian Mbappe following his country’s 3-1 defeat to France in the 2022 World Cup’s Round of 16.
The Aston Villa full-back described Mbappe as the “quickest thing” he has ever seen, adding that the PSG star is currently the toughest opponent he has played against.
“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. I’m watching the videos while lying in bed! In real life he’s burning my legs, that’s the difference. I got into a couple of races with him, and I did alright. You look over your shoulder and he’s there.
“He’s obviously unbelievable and probably my toughest opponent by far.
He’s probably in the top two, three players in the world at the minute. I didn’t know whether to drop off or go tight, and when I went tight he just spun in behind. I did everything I could, when it was one-on-one I thought I’d done OK against him, he didn’t really run me once.
“There were times where he got space on the counter-attack which is where he scored the second goal, and that’s where he hurts teams, but everyone saw tonight and in two, three, four years what he can do to teams, and he does that week-in, week-out.”
Mbappe, who has already broken a record once held by Pele as the youngest player to pass eight goals at World Cup finals, bagged a brace during the match played on Sunday, December 4.