Euro 2024: Zaire-Emery frustrated in the French team

Euro 2024: Zaire-Emery frustrated in the French team
Euro 2024: Zaire-Emery frustrated in the French team

Called up by Didier Deschamps for Euro 2024, Warren Zaire-Emery did not come into play against Austria on Monday and seems to have little prospect of playing time in the France team in the short term. A situation which inevitably frustrates the young PSG midfielder.

He dreamed of participating in Euro 2024 and the Paris Olympics this summer. Warren Zaire-Emery will have to be content with the European Championship since PSG preferred not to release him for the Olympic Games in order to preserve him physically and mentally before a very busy 2024/2025 season.

Not sure, however, that the young Parisian midfielder will get very tired in Germany. Having entered the game for 26 minutes against Luxembourg on June 5 in a friendly, Zaire-Emery did not play a minute against Canada four days later (still in a friendly) and did not come into play against Austria Monday evening when the Blues entered the competition in their Euro.

Zaire-Emery seventh choice in the middle

With the triumphant return of N’Golo Kanté to the selection, Zaire-Emery currently serves as the seventh choice in midfield. Didier Deschamps is currently using three midfielders and the trio which started against Austria (Kanté in six, Griezmann and Rabiot as relays) was satisfactory.

Aurélien Tchouaméni has also recovered and the big question is whether Deschamps will modify his animation to make room for the Madrilenian. Against Austria, Eduardo Camavinga and Youssouf Fofana replaced Rabiot and Griezmann during the match. Zaire-Emery is mainly in competition with Griezmann, Rabiot, Fofana and Camavinga for the relay position, but goes behind them.

Only 26 minutes played in Blue since France/Germany

Last March, in the absence of Griezmann, Deschamps gave the Parisian his second start for the French team against Germany. The Blues lost 2-0 and Zaire-Emery completely missed his match, which could be fatal to him in the short term, barring injury to his competitors.

On Tuesday, the French team’s substitutes faced the Paderborn U21s in a training match and Zaire-Emery was still a substitute, Fofana and Camavinga being preferred. The Parisian replaced the Madrilenian at half-time, but today is clearly a complementary player in Deschamps’ mind.

As a competitor, Zaire-Emery is inevitably frustrated by this situation and according to L’Equipe, he has sometimes let a form of frustration filter through internally in recent days. At 18 years old, Zaire-Emery still has time to see it coming, but in the short term, it is difficult to imagine him having an important role in this Euro 2024.

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