Qatar 2022: Why is Kylian Mbappe not starting for France vs Tunisia?

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© Stu Forster/Getty ImagesFrance striker Kylian Mbappe (10) celebrates with team mates

Kylian Mbappe has been one of the best players in the Qatar 2022 World Cup with France, but he won’t start the final game of Group D against Tunisia. Read here to find out why Didier Deschamps took this surprising decision.

Kylian Mbappe is the top scorer at the Qatar 2022 World Cup with three goals alongside the likes of Cody Gakpo (Netherlands), Enner Valencia (Ecuador) and Marcus Rashford (England). The PSG star is not only a strong candidate to win the Golden Boot, but also the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.

Kylian Mbappe scored his first goal for France at Qatar 2022 in a 4-1 win against Australia. In the second match of Group D, the forward scored two goals, which secured his team a 2:1 win over Denmark and a ticket to the round of 16.

At the moment, Mbappe has seven goals in the World Cup: four in Russia 2018 and three in Qatar 2022. Many experts believe that at the age of 23, the French player could be on pace to become the top scorer in the history of the tournament. . The record belongs to Miroslav Klose (Germany) with 16. However, in an unexpected twist, there are important reasons why Mbappe will not start against Tunisia.

Why is Kylian Mbappe not playing in France vs Tunisia?

This is merely a tactical decision by Didier Deschamps. After clinching a berth in the Round of 16 and almost the first place in Group DFrance have really not much to play for so the regular starters get some time to rest looking towards the crucial knockout stage in Qatar 2022.

If they confirm the first place in Group D, France are scheduled to play that elimination game on Sunday, December 4 against the runner-up from Group C. The possible rivals for the reigning World Champions are Poland, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Argentina including Lionel Messi. That could be a rematch from the 2018 game in the Round of 16 at Kazan.

Kylian Mbappe is one of many starters who are not playing in order to avoid any type of injury or setback. That’s why France’s lineup is very different: Steve Mandanda, Axel Disasi, Raphael Varane, Youssouf Fofana, Ibrahima Konate, Matteo Guendouzi, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Randal Kolo Muani, Jordan Veretout and Kingsley Coman.

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