Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Tuchel were involved in an intense touchline exchange during Ligue 1’s 5-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday in Montpellier.
French striker Mbappe, who had scored PSG’s fourth goal, was withdrawn from action shortly after Arsenal’s transfer target Layvin Kurzawa reached the fifth goal for the hosts at Parc des Princes.
Mauro Icardi was hired to replace the winner of the World Cup, with Mbappe who then headed on the bench and passed Tuchel.
It was not clear whether the couple had words, but Tuchel made sure to grab Mbappe to forcefully assert why he had decided to replace him.
Mbappe appeared to disagree with his manager, and after a few seconds of confrontation he headed for the bench, where he cut a moody figure.
Tuchel has indicated that he will consider taking action against Mbappe after the game.
“I’m the coach, someone has to decide who is leaving and who is coming – it’s me,” he told reporters.
“He is very intelligent, he knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t like to leave, nobody likes to leave.
“These are not good pictures, but we are not the only club that has to face this kind of thing.
“It is not a good thing, because it opens arguments that go against the team’s mood. Too bad.
“I am not angry, but I am sad because it is not necessary. I explained to him why we did it, and it will remain so. I will always decide the technical aspects. We do not play tennis, we play football and we must respect everyone.”
“I don’t know, I have to think, I have to sleep.
“I will make a decision. We will train at 11, we will talk about the game with the group. I will see if I talk about it or if I do it individually. It will also depend on my night sleep!”