The group is living very well. In the opinion of several players, in press conferences, the France team had been living well since the start of preparation for Euro 2020. Everything had to be shattered this Monday evening, with an elimination difficult to digest against Switzerland in the round of 16 (3-3, 5 tab to 4), so that the truth comes out and a much more nuanced portrait is presented.
We learn in the columns of The team that, as soon as the return of Karim Benzema was announced, the first tensions arose. An executive of the tricolor group thus had a bad experience of the communication campaign on social networks, clearly oriented on the Real Madrid striker. In order not to offend another frame, visuals present in the VIP area of the Stade de France during the friendly against Bulgaria (3-0) were even removed at the request of Didier Deschamps.
Mbappé at the center of tensions
We obviously remember the quarrel between Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé at the end of this same meeting. Some tauliers, such as Hugo Lloris, Moussa Sissoko or Steve Mandanda, did not experience the sulky behavior of the striker in the aftermath of the statements deemed controversial by the Chelsea striker. And even if the case was evacuated a few days later at a press point, it marked a small fracture within the group.
Especially since, according to The Parisian, certain elements would have badly lived the media idolatry around the n ° 10 of the Blues. The newspaper also indicates that Antoine Griezmann did not taste that the Bondynois displayed in an exacerbated way his joy of evolving with the Merengue rather than with Giroud, to which he is quite close. Regarding Grizou, several of his relatives, such as Paul Pogba and Giroud, did not appreciate seeing his area of influence diminish when he had been the technical leader of the team for 6 years.
The premature departure of Ousmane Dembélé, package due to injury after the second match against Hungary, also weighed heavily, explains the sports daily. The wisp of FC Barcelona is one of the organizers of the locker room and is unanimous with older and younger alike. His absence and good humor were felt.
Muscular exchanges Pogba-Rabiot and Varane-Pavard
And then there is this last match, against the Nati, which highlighted the underlying tensions. We saw Adrien Rabiot and Paul Pogba take the beak on the Swiss equalizer at the very end of the game. We also saw Benjamin Pavard and Raphaël Varane exchanging a few courtesies during the meeting. The tense exchange between DD and Kingsley Coman at half-time in extra time is also still in everyone’s mind …
To make matters worse, outside the field too, the climate was tense. The altercation between the mother and representative of Adrien Rabiot and the family of Paul Pogba first and then Kylian Mbappé then revealed an atmosphere far from being as good-natured as the actors did not want to explain to the media. Now, as explained The Parisian, the staff is afraid that the union of the Blues, which made their strength in 2018, shatters in the coming weeks …