“Karim Benzema”. The name of the Real Madrid striker had not been mentioned for nearly six years by the coach of the Blues, Didier Deschamps, when unveiling his various lists of players summoned with the France group in recent years. The fault, in particular, with the affair of the sextape with Mathieu Valbuena and with remarks of KB9 to Marca on DD. But now, this Tuesday, Didier Deschamps returned to his position and confirmed the great return of Karim Benzema with the Blues for this Euro 2020.
Obviously, after announcing his list of 26 players live on French television, Didier Deschamps was asked about the choice to backtrack and recall Karim Benzema in the France team. As usual, the former OM coach did not reveal all his secrets, also believing that the conversation that took place between the two men should remain between them, without however avoiding the question either.
“I needed it, he needed it”
” Why now? I don’t have the capacity, nobody has, to go back and change anything. The most important is today and tomorrow. There were important steps. A very important one. We saw each other. We discussed at length. After that, I had a long reflection to come to this decision today. I will not reveal a word of the discussion, that concerns us both. I needed it, he needed it “, thus released Didier Deschamps, before adding.
“The France team is supposed to be better with Benzema, we must not eliminate Olivier Giroud, who has scored a lot of goals, we must not forget that the France team has had good results in recent years. I have already been confronted with difficult situations, I have always ignored my personal case. The France team does not belong to me, even if I am well aware that the responsibility that I have is important, by the choices that I have to make ”, concluded the boss of the Blues, who has therefore privileged the sporting aspect to compose his group for Euro 2020. It remains to be seen how the striker of Real Madrid, who will wear the number 19, will be integrated into this team of France reigning world champion.