From our Special Envoy in Doha,
It hasn’t even been a week since we arrived in Doha, and even less time since the Journal des Bleus made its big comeback on our site, and now we already want to throw everything away and go home. snuggle up under a throw in front of a Christmas movie. With the announcement of Karim Benzema’s package for the first match against Australia, and probably for the entire World Cup, what’s the point of pretending? Already there weren’t a lot of reasons for excitement for this upside-down World Cup, so there… But you have to make up your mind, with or without Karim, the life of the Blues goes on. So let’s go: Journal des Bleus, fourth episode, action!
We still had three bites left of this delicious brownie (topped with a scoop of mango ice cream) when we saw the boss number of 20 Minute Sports appear on the phone. A glance at the clock: 9:15 p.m. in Doha, 7:15 p.m. in Paris. Rarely a good sign at this hour. “Did you see for Karim? “. Ah… Uh… No… And there we understood. What we had been dreading for a while happened, the muscle fibers of the Ballon d’Or said stop. The worst part of all this is that it’s not the right thigh – the one that haunted our nights since the start of the rally – but the left that gave out.
After having passed an MRI at the Aspetar hospital in Doha, the verdict fell at exactly 11:27 p.m., the tricolor striker suffered from a lesion of the femoral right which will require a three-week recovery period. “Karim Benzema is out of the World Cup. Hit in the quadriceps of the left thigh. The Real Madrid striker is forced to give up participating in the World Cup, ”wrote the Federation. Shitty world.
The Blues “a notch above Monaco” for Disasi
First of the two Monegasques scheduled for a press conference on Saturday, with his friend Youssouf Fofana, the new kid Axel Disasi did not hide that the gap between club life and selection was quite high. Asked what surprised him the most since his arrival in the France team, the last-minute call to replace Presko Kimpembe said “these are the means put in place so that the players can perform”. “I saw the castle more on TV, the fact of having slept in it is something not bad! When you arrive in the France team, you feel good there. Afterwards, at the technical level, it’s not bad (laughs), there is plenty to do, he deciphered. I learn a little more. Without disrespecting Monaco, here it’s a cut above. In all that is speed and intensity. »
Fofana hungry, very hungry
If he was not born from the last list, Youssouf Fofana is still part of the blues of this group. This does not mean that the Monegasque midfielder does not have great ambitions during this World Cup, with in mind his good performance during the victory in Austria at the end of September. “It may come as a surprise to you, but I have been working for a long time to be here, to hang on to the France team, he smiled. I proved myself in September, the coach validated me, the other players too, and I am therefore not totally surprised to be part of this adventure. What to aspire to “a place in the 11, like the 26 but always with respect for my teammates”. Of course.
The program of the day
Sunday, the day of the official launch of the World Cup, the training of the Blues will be fully open to the press. Before that, two new players whose identity has not yet been revealed will go to conference at 5:30 p.m. Doha City time.