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Mbappe will get even better – Deschamps

03:52 SAST 2018/07/06
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The teenage star will only get better for France, according to his international head coach

France coach Didier Deschamps backed Kylian Mbappe to get even better after his impressive display against Argentina at the World Cup.

Mbappe scored a brace and won a penalty to lead France to a 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 in Russia in a historic performance that reached heights for a teenager not seen since Pele.

The 19-year-old attacker showed off his blistering pace during the victory, helping his team into a quarter-final meeting with Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.

Deschamps was impressed by the Paris Saint-Germain teenager, but he believes there is more to come.

"That's very good what he did, it puts more light on what he is capable of. Doing it in such a match gives a larger sounding board," he said Thursday.

"He had time to digest it. From Tuesday, he has recovered and this is the high level. The Uruguayans have seen what he is capable of.

"Despite all he does well, he is still learning because despite what all that these young players can do, at their age, we learn."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes Mbappe is well aware he needs to grasp his chance to impress on the biggest stage but does not think he has become burdened by expectations.

"He's the same old person, true to himself, he smiles, he's relaxed," Lloris told a news conference in Nizhny Novgorod.

"He's a player with so much ambition, he has so much to offer his teams, be it PSG or France. He has a bright future ahead of him but he's also very aware that, when opportunity knocks, he needs to seize it and he's doing everything he can to not miss his chance here. 

"He's ready to help the team. I think the entire world saw him shine against Argentina but he's very much focused."

If France can overcome Uruguay, who may or may not have Mbappe's PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani for the clash, they will face either Brazil or Belgium in the semi-finals.