Pochettino reveals Mbappe is the EASIEST player he's ever managed

Mauricio Pochettino hails Kylian Mbappe as the EASIEST player he’s ever had to manage because of his ‘maturity, unbelievable talent and ability to speak THREE languages’ – and says it’s impossible not to love him in interview with Rio Ferdinand

  • Mauricio Pochettino talked up ‘unbelievable’ Mbappe ahead of Bayern clash
  • PSG boss insisted the 22-year-old is the easiest player he’s ever had to manage
  • He said Mbappe is a ‘lovely guy’ and that it’s ‘impossible not to love him’
  • Mbappe’s brace gives PSG an advantage over Bayern in Champions League tie

Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Kylian Mbappe as the easiest player he’s ever had to manage in his career.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed another sensational campaign, leading PSG’s assault on Ligue 1 and the Champions League with 29 goals in total from both competitions this season.

Pochettino, who took over PSG from the fired Thomas Tuchel back in January this year, has guided the club to within three points of Lille at the top of the Ligue 1 table and to within 90 minutes of the Champions League semi-final.

Mauricio Pochettino has talked up ‘unbelievable’ Kylian Mbappe ahead of crunch Bayern clash

The Frenchman’s put PSG in a strong position to qualify for the Champions League semi-final

PSG will have a one-goal advantage over Bayern Munich when they welcome the defending champions to the French capital this evening thanks to a wonderful double from Mbappe in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand, Pochettino, who has managed world-class stars before, including Harry Kane, revealed just how brilliant it is to work with Mbappe and said it is ‘impossible not to love him’. 

‘It’s so easy to work with him, he’s 22 but he’s so mature and in his mind it’s about hard work and to play and score goals,’ Pochettino told the ex-Manchester United defender in the latest instalment of ‘Rio Meets’ on the BT Sport YouTube channel.

‘And it’s easy to communicate because his Spanish is fantastic and his English is amazing so you can talk in English, Spanish and in French. 

‘And he makes it really really easy, he’s really humble and a lovely guy. It’s impossible not to love him and on the pitch he’s unbelievable, the condition and talent that he has. 

‘I think he is the easiest player that I’ve had to manage after 11, 12 years as a coach.’

Pochettino (right) told Rio Ferdinand (left) that it is ‘impossible not to love’ Mbappe 

The 22-year-old scored a brilliant double at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their quarter-final

Mbappe’s season stats

(All Competitions)

Games: 39 Goals: 33 Assists: 10

Pochettino’s praise of Mbappe comes after Neymar called the France international PSG’s ‘golden boy’ and credited him for helping him find happiness at the club.

‘I owe a large part of my adaptation to him, and, therefore, my happiness to be here,’ Neymar told France Football.

‘Kylian is very considerate, always happy, polite and kind to everyone. He is a very beautiful person. That’s why we’ve got along so well since our first contact.

‘Then, of course, I had the opportunity to watch him train, to observe his speed, his dribbling repertoire, his intelligence and to see his humility to keep evolving. There, I said to myself: “He is our golden boy!”

‘Speed alone doesn’t mean anything. You have to be smart to use it properly, and Kylian is. He is not only very smart and fast, but he also has a huge repertoire of dribbling.’

Pochettino worked with Harry Kane at Spurs but revealed Mbappe is even easier to manage

Neymar has credited Mbappe (left) with helping him ‘find happiness’ in the French capital

PSG boss Pochettino will be hoping that the ever-impressive Mbappe can fire the club to their first-ever Champions League trophy this season, having come so close last year when they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the final. 

Pochettino, who himself has experienced an excruciating defeat in the Champions League final with Tottenham, has warned his PSG stars to be ready for the inevitable onslaught from the ‘best team in the world’ Bayern when they try to defend their 3-2 lead in the second leg later this evening.

‘It was already hard to keep the ball against Barcelona already, it doesn’t matter who is playing. It’s a question of collective attitude,’ Pochettino said ahead of the match.

‘It’s a challenge for tomorrow, being able to keep the ball and hurt the opposition.

‘The Barca game is behind us and the Bayern game is another story. They are the best team in Europe and the world right now. There will be moments when we will struggle and it’s in these moments that we will need to show solidarity and solidity.’

BT Sport is the only place to watch the UEFA Champions League, including PSG v Bayern Munich on BT Sport 3 from 7.15pm tonight. Watch the full episode of Rio Meets on the BT Sport YouTube channel

The PSG boss will hope Mbappe can help fire them to the club’s first Champions League trophy

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