Not seeing him play against Dijon on Sunday was a surprise, he was left on the bench all 90 minutes watching his teammates earn a resounding 4-1 win, with rumors of a silent punishment of his by the club making the rounds.
Was Mbappe punished? No, not at all. We have to protect him at the moment
Leonardo Jardim, Monaco’s coach, told reporters ahead of their game at Metz, talking about Kylian Mbappe, the big absent from that 4-1 over Dijon.
The players must adapt to playing with any of their team-mates. I won’t cry if any player leaves. It’s not the mentality of the club to work like that. We will try to keep our momentum. We have our idea of the game and we’ll try to project it
the Portuguese coach said, avoiding giving details on Mbappe, for example, from whom he feels he need to protect him.
Jardim talked about Fabinho as well, expressing his… inability to understand how this specific player is repeatedly ignored by his national team coach.
I don’t understand why he’s not been called to the Brazil team. But it’s like that, it’s not for me to decide
was Jardim’s comment.