Mbappé’s passionate half-time speech in the World Cup final

No shot on goal, hardly any body language, and not a good starting position: In the 2022 World Cup final, France were 2-0 behind against eventual world champions Argentina at halftime, and that was completely deserved.

Top striker Kylian Mbappé took this as an opportunity to give a passionate speech in the dressing room. “We couldn’t do any worse than before,” said the eventual top scorer (eight goals), whose three goals earned Les Bleus a penalty shootout, in a video broadcast for the first time by French broadcaster TF1 late on Tuesday evening. The scene is part of a documentary.

Mbappé accused his colleagues of not recognizing that the final was a “game of life”. He also demanded: “When we return to the field, we either let them play like stupid – or we act more intensively, go into the duels and do it differently, boys.”

Do you know what the difference is? They’re playing a damn World Cup final and we, we’re not playing it.


According to the documentary, coach Didier Deschamps chose words that were at least as clear. “You know what the difference is? They’re playing a damn World Cup final and we, we’re not playing it,” the “General” told his players. Although Equipe Tricolore did this from the 80th minute at the latest and Mbappé’s double strike made it 2-2 in regular time, Argentina led by  Lionel Messi won in the end.

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