Mbappe has a ‘winner mindset’: Lloris



Hugo Loris praised Killian Mbabane’s superb performance on Thursday, forcing France to take a two-goal lead at half-time to beat Belgium 3-2 to reach the League of Nations final.

Theo Hernandez beat the late winner who started the clash with Spain in San Cerro on Sunday but it was Mbabane who led the fight back in the second half on his 50th appearance in France.

Mbappe, the youngest ever to score a half-century for the Les Blues Caps, passed, with Karim Benzema halving the deficit just after the hour mark and equalizing in the 69th minute.

“It was great to take on that responsibility at that moment in the match,” Loris told reporters.

“Yes he has a lot of talent but he has a winning mentality behind him. We are all happy for him in the dressing room.”

The 22-year-old Mbabane had a tough summer, losing a penalty that knocked world champions France out of Euro 2020 in the last 16 stage and then at the center of a transfer story that led him to Paris Saint-Germain at Real Madrid. Germany denies the required action.

He also said in a recent interview with L’Equipe that he would like the French setup and more support from his teammates after losing the spot kick in June.

But France coach Didier Deschamps insisted he “always tried to be with him and behind him”.

“There are a lot of demands and expectations around him, but I always know that the French team will be strong with Calin. I never doubted that,” Deschamps told reporters.

Roberto Martنیnez, meanwhile, said Belgium let the weight of expectations weigh on him, saying the desire to win the Golden Race stopped him in the second half.

“The first half showed quality, the second half was a question of emotion and a sense of responsibility,” said Belgium coach Martinez.

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