Didier Deschamps conquers the missing trophy

Didier Deschamps conquers the missing trophy
Didier Deschamps conquers the missing trophy

This is “the” question that has agitated the followers of the France team since UEFA offered the coach the possibility of expanding the number of players to 26 for the final phase of Euro 2024, which will take place in Germany (June 14-July 14) and will start for the Blues on June 17 in Düsseldorf against Austria.

At the twilight of a tiring club season for many internationals, will Didier Deschamps opt for the reassuring logic of numbers? “ Not sure at all, we slip into his surroundings. By tradition, the coach does not like to stack players, it is the balance of the group that takes precedence. He is not dogmatic, he adapts to the context each time. »

Barring any major surprises, the technician should list a list of 24 or 25 players on Wednesday evening during the 8 p.m. broadcast of TF1, depending on the final results of the weekend. A sixth announcement since 2014 that it addresses even more “ serenely » that the final list will only be transmitted on June 7 to the European body.

The absence of Lucas Hernandez reshuffles the cards in defense

Which does not mean, however, that everything is going well in the best of Clairefontaine. The somewhat softening confidence at the start of the year has faded somewhat behind the clouds born from the ugly defeat against Germany in Lyon (0-2) then the serious knee injury to Lucas Hernandez, one of the most important executives of the team, whose absence reshuffles the cards in the axis of defense.

A tile followed closely by others, potentially worrying, including that of Mike Maignan, affected in the adductors, and Aurélien Tchouaméni, victim of a stress fracture in the left foot and now uncertain – at least for the start of the tournament . “ Wait and seetemper our interlocutors. But no risks will be taken, neither for the player nor for the France team. » The Benzema episode at the World Cup in Qatar is still on everyone’s minds.

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The final list must be sent on June 7

The medical staff communicates in real time with the clubs of the players concerned and hopes that the latter will offer them the best management and recovery conditions; we are thinking in particular of AC Milan (Maignan, Théo Hernandez, Giroud…) who will face Roma in a friendly on May 31 in… Perth, in Australia – as the calendar allows -, but two days after the start of the training camp. preparation of the Blues. A return trip to the end of the world and the season is inevitably poorly received by the Federation.

On Wednesday, the morning of the announcement of the selection, Didier Deschamps’ deputies will meet to settle the final details. “ Let’s spoil» a little, as the Quebecers would say: no one is playing their place this weekend, the list is almost complete (“We are based on around forty individual reports, we are not going to change everything for a potentially missed match”) and should closely resemble that of March, Griezmann in addition.

Around ten players would be considered for the last bibs including Mendy (Real Madrid) and Gusto (Chelsea) in defense, Guendouzi (Lazio) and Veretout (OM) in the middle, Coman (Bayern), even Nkunku (Chelsea) in front, all two convalescents but appreciated by the coach.

As for the sure values ​​of Ligue 1, the thirty-year-olds Lacazette (Lyon, 17 goals) and Ben Yedder (Monaco, 15 goals) in the lead, the door seems to be closing. Finally, despite all the promises displayed, Barcola (PSG, 21 years old) is not certain of appearing in this first version.

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