On the sidelines of the announcement of the list of 23 Blue chosen for the matches of the qualifications for the Euro 2020 against Moldova and Albania, Didier Deschamps has justifiй his choice to trust а Giroud and remind Mendy. The sйlectionneur also йvoquй the absence of Ikonй, Umtiti and Dembйlй.
The sйlectionneur of the йquipe of France, Didier Deschamps
No great surprise, but questions still be able to. After having dйvoilй his list of 23 players selected (see here) to play the next two games of the йquipe of France against Moldova (14 November) and Albania (17 November), in the framework of the йliminatoires of the Euro 2020, Didier Deschamps has justifiй his choice in confйrence press.
Giroud, зa may not last…
The questions have particular tournй around the prйsence Olivier Giroud (33 years). It йtait expected, but I wanted to hear the sйlectionneur on the situation of his attacker, which plays almost more а Chelsea. “Olivier is an important player for us, he proves it on the field. The situation has not, unfortunately, йvoluй in his favor since the last workshop… It is because I trust him and compared а what he has done before,” says the technician habs.
Like last month, Deschamps still be able to put the pressure on the former Gunner. “Obviously, he knows that for the month of march, I espure that his personal situation at the club will be better because he needs game time. (…) It is a situation far too uncomfortable compared а his personal goals and the йquipe of France. For the past two months, this is really trus, trus rйduit” , prйvient “DD” . Giroud has jouй than 37 minutes in the club since dйbut September. A dйpart Chelsea in January appears to dйsormais inйvitable.
A new status а gйrer for Ikonй
Jonathan Ikonй (21 years old), he has not йtй rappelй. Prйsent at the last two gatherings, the Lille pays a performance less convincing these derniures weeks. “In October, he йtait with us in йtant a little less well than in September. It enchaone, this is new for him. It is found in a configuration with matches every three days,” explains Deschamps, before йvoquer its change of status : “Forcйment, like all nйo-international, the aftermath are not the mkmes. Expectations and requirements are more important.”
If Deschamps ensures that Ikonй “always remains a candidate а a place” in the list, it understands that it will have to raise its level over the next few months. As а Nabil Fekir (26 years old), who takes his place, his desire to bйnйficier a better time to game on the scune international will no doubt have to wait. “It is part of the players who have not had йnormйment of possibilitйs of dйbuter games, I especially utilisй wild during the match. It sucks а have more playing time, but they are choices а do in the 23” gliding Deschamps.
B. Mendy reassures Deschamps, not Umtiti
To replace Lucas Hernandez, Deschamps dйcidй to recall the latйral left Manchester City, Benjamin Mendy (25 years), absent in the Blue since September 2018. “Benjamin is йpargnй by the pйpins physical. It happens а have more playing time and a condition athlйtique much better. It is a choice to review Benjamin with us. It is important in relation а what he has vйcu with us. He’s doing everything that it takes to return а its best level” , he expliquй, while Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid) йtait balance to this place among the 23.
On the other hand, the physical condition of Samuel Umtiti (25 years) has not rassurй the sйlectionneur, which prйfиre call Kurt Zouma and Presnel Kimpembe to accompany Raphaлl Varane and Clйment Lenglet in dйfense central. “Presnel Kimpembe gives me more guarantees at this time with PSG, says Deschamps. Sam remains Sam, but he needs to be in full possession of his means to be able to express themselves to the maximum with his power all that he can dйgager.”
The warning а Dembйlй
Too often blessй, and not effective enough when he plays, Ousmane Dembйlй (22 years old) will also remain а Barcelona. Deschamps always expects more from the winger Barзa : “Ousmane has incredible potential. He makes sure not to gвcher all that he is capable of doing. (…) It has the right to expect more than what he does derniurement. It must give all means to reach the highest possible. Whether on or off the field. It is a candidate sйrieux to be in the list. In recent times, it is still far from his best level.” The message is passй.
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