League of Nations – France – Croatia / Mbappé fit to play, Benzema spared: the point of Deschamps

League of Nations – France – Croatia / Mbappé fit to play, Benzema spared: the point of Deschamps

More than a match, and time for vacation. Monday, against Croatia at the Stade de France, the players of the French team will conclude for good a very long 2021-2022 season for some, with this fourth group match in the League of Nations. Kylian Mbappé is one of the players who have been the most in demand, with a very likely 59th game in a year (almost) flat to come.

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So much so that the Parisian striker had to give up his place due to injury against Denmark on June 3, the fault of a painful knee, only returning to play the saviors during the last half hour in Austria on Friday (1-1 ). Monday, the former Monegasque should be there.

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“If he is fit to play? Yes, as he said, although he still has a feeling that is not idealexplained Didier Deschamps at the microphone of Telefoot Sunday morning. He is much less embarrassed than he was at the start of the week, when he could not train. He was ready to do half an hour, it was planned for the last match. Inevitably, he solicited his knee, he has this discomfort. We are doing everything so that he can be there tomorrow.”

Later in the afternoon, in a press conference, Deschamps confirmed that Mbappé would participate in the last collective session before the match against Croatia. “I manage with Kylian and each player. I have discussions, I make the decision“, he explained. Mbappé “is not 100%“of his physical abilities but “It’s the last game“.”We must make sure to combine all our forces to finish this internship well to win with Kylian and those who can start“, concluded Deschamps.

The coach also indicated that six players were exempt from this last collective session. Karim Benzema, Ibrahima Konaé and Boubacar Kamara, who “will train separately“as Deschamps, as well as Theo Hernandez, William Saliba and Moussa Diaby explained, “who will stay inside“. This leaves room for doubt as to a possible tenure in particular of Benzema, already left on the bench during the trip to Croatia (1-1) before playing the entire match in Austria (1-1).

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Another player who needs rest, Antoine Griezmann will also be present. But it is psychologically that the Atlético player is experiencing a low period, he who has not scored for six matches in the France team, in addition to a big shortage in the club to end the season. A crisis of confidence that “DD” tries to put into perspective.

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“You had a first life too as a player, replied the tricolor coach to Bixente Lizarazu. We have all experienced periods when the head, the legs,… The two are linked, with less beneficial periods, when confidence is perhaps a little less there. It’s not about positioning with us, since I always use it in the position where it is best. Afterwards, obviously, he arrives with a certain deficit compared to his end of the season with his club. He cannot regain the total capacity of his means by snapping his fingers. I have confidence in him, the group needs him, he is not in his best shape”.

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