Masked Mbappé Ready to Impact Euro 2024 Ahead of Poland Clash

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Out in Paderborn, Germany, amid the high-tempo drama of Euro 2024, France captain Kylian Mbappé is growing more comfortable playing while sporting a new facial accessory – a protective mask. This update comes ahead of France’s slated game against Poland this Tuesday and was shared by France’s midfielder, Aurélien Tchouaméni.

Mbappé, regarded as France’s electric catalyst on the pitch, had to sit out during France’s goalless stalemate against the Netherlands this past Friday. Reason being a broken nose, an unfortunate incident that befell him during France’s narrow victory over Austria. The protective mask is part of his healing process, offering safety to the superstar while he fights to return to normalcy.

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“No longer a secret, Mbappé’s anticipation for the upcoming game is palpable,” said Tchouaméni on Sunday. Smiling, he adds that the captain, though adjusting to his unfamiliar gear, would much prefer to enter the pitch barefaced. However, medical choices aren’t up for debate, and he noted, “The doctor won’t accord him the luxury of choice. It doesn’t alter his prowess or readiness though. The minute he steps on the pitch, we know he’s going to make an impact.”

Beyond the European Championship, there’s another bond strengthening between midfielder Tchouaméni and striker Mbappé. Post-championship, they’re set to become club teammates in Spain, at the famous football club, Real Madrid.

Tchouaméni shed light on an area awaiting improvement for the French side – the art of goal scoring. As it stands, the World Cup runner-ups have managed a solitary goal in their first couple of group-stage outings at the Euro 2024. Cheered by the knowledge of possessing world-class strikers and confident of their eventual return to goal scoring form, Tchouaméni conveyed the team’s shared responsibility about firepower.

“We are all accountable, from the strikers to the midfielders and even the defenders. We understand that scoring is a collective effort,” Tchouaméni asserted. Undeterred, he stated, “But yes, becoming more clinical in front of goal is definitely on our to-improve list.” It appears, accompanying their grand ambition and horsepower, France now sports a firm eye on precision, stepping up their game for the ties that lay ahead.