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Mbappe beklagt mangelndes „Lastmanagement“ im europäischen Fußball

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Ligue 1 and the NBA are two leagues that don’t usually go together, but French soccer superstar Kylian Mbappé is concerned that European soccer is starting to mimic professional basketball in a very specific way.

„We are getting closer to the NBA model with seasons of 70 games,“ Mbappé told British GQ. „I personally don’t mind playing that many games, but we won’t always be at our best and able to provide the spectacle that the audience expects.“

The NBA currently plays 82 games over a six-month season. In the 2022-2023 season, Mbappé played 34 Ligue-1 games, the top football league in France, with his club Paris Saint-Germain. He started in 32 of them and played an average of 83 minutes, in addition to playing a dozen times for the French national team.

„The viewer who pays for their ticket and maybe only sees you once during the season wants to see a performance worthy of the name, and that’s understandable,“ Mbappé said. „In the NBA, players don’t play every game and franchise companies practice load management. But if I were to say, ‚I’m tired, I’m not playing on Saturday,‘ that wouldn’t go down well.“

Fans from around the world flock to PSG or the French national team’s games to see Mbappé play. He is only 25 years old and has won a World Cup and a Champions League title, been named footballer of the year, and the league’s top scorer. His talent and abilities justify the hype and the audience he attracts.

„I don’t want to preach, but we need to collectively think about how we can offer the best possible solution that players, viewers, and football associations can all accept,“ he said.

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