Drama around goal-shy Mbappé upstages PSG's fight for unprecedented triple crown

Paris Saint-Germain on Monday started their preparations for a crucial 10 days of domestic and European action in Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and the Champions League with question marks over the form and attitude of stand-in skipper and star striker Kylian Mbappé.

The 25-year-old was substituted mid way through the second-half of the Ligue 1 clash at Marseille on Sunday night with his side down to 10 men following the dismissal of Lucas Beraldo just before half-time but leading 1-0.

Mbappé's replacement, Gonçalo Ramos, scored five minutes from time at the Vélodrome to add to Vitinha's 52nd-minute opener and seal the win that kept PSG 12 points clear of Brest with seven games remaining of the season.

It was Mbappé's third game without a goal after firing blanks in France's friendly matches against Germany and Chile on 23 and 26 March respectively.

Under scrutiny

The victory also allowed PSG to equal Lyon's Ligue 1 record of playing 21 matches between March 2005 and April 2006 without losing an away game.

But despite the twin peaks, PSG boss Luis Enrique came under scrutiny for his decision to remove Mbappé who has told PSG executives that he wants to leave at the end of the season.

"Look, it's the same thing each time that I do something like this," the 53-year-old Spaniard told broadcaster Prime Video.

"Frankly, it's boring. I'm the coach of the club and I make the decisions. And that is exactly what I'll keep doing while I'm here.

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