Kylian Mbappe has grown to become one of the most fierce forwards in today’s world, and for a defender to stop the Frenchman is often a difficult task.
The 2018 World Cup winner is really dangerous, especially during one-on-one situations. He has the burst of pace, power, skill, and over time, he has created immense problems for several defenders on both club and country level.
Mbappe featured for Paris Saint-Germain against Napoli in their crucial Group C Champions League encounter. The match ended 1-1, but Mbappe looked promising.
However, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly performed strongly against the PSG winger. The defender matched him for pace, and then produced a perfect slide tackle to regain possession as well.
The video went viral on Twitter, with fans mesmerised by what they saw.
This is why Kalidou Koulibaly is so highly rated 👊
Matches Kylian Mbappe for pace 💪
Inch-perfect sliding tackle 👌
Panic over 😎
That's why he's nicknamed "The Wall" pic.twitter.com/pDr8VIX4zd
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 6, 2018
Get to know who is Koulibaly. pic.twitter.com/7sr2zEOiDP
— The Blue Lions (@Theblue_lions) November 6, 2018
The Senegalese is quickly establishing himself as one of the very best centre-backs in the world. He has got many clubs interested with the consistency he is bringing to the table.
Koulibaly went to extreme lengths on several occasions to ensure his left-back was much tighter on Mbappe, offering the youngster very little freedom.
"No! I've had enough, you defend him!"
The struggle is real when Kylian Mbappé is facing you with a ball at his feet 😫 pic.twitter.com/qN2YUAWe1k
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 25, 2018
Napoli now sit atop Group C with 6 points, whereas the Parisians are in 3rd place, with 5 points after 4 matches.