The France team qualified for the round of 16 of the competition by finishing first in its group, the one of death with Portugal, Germany and Hungary, which played at home on several occasions. His ticket, the world champions acquired against the Seleção by obtaining a draw. But it was like a victory.
But it sounds like a Pyrrhic victory. Indeed, at the break, Lucas Hernandez, still in difficulty with his knee was replaced by Lucas Digne. But, the former player of Lille and Paris SG, today at Everton, did not stay long on the field. Indeed, six minutes after coming into play and therefore the break, he felt pain behind his thigh and gave way to Adrien Rabiot.
In quick succession, therefore, the two left side of the Blues were injured. Didier Deschamps was moreover rather worried: “ the most worrying is “is Lucas Digne, it’s muscular, he felt a pain behind his thigh. It’s going to be complicated, it’s not a good sign. Lucas (Hernandez, note) also had a small problem with his knee which reacted a little, I did not want to take any risk, add to that that he already had a yellow card, I also count on Lucas (Digne, note). Unfortunately in the same match, I lost both. To see for Lucas Hernandez in the coming days “.
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Deschamps could have called Ferland Mendy or Théo Hernandez
The trouble is that there is no longer a left side available for the eighth meeting against Switzerland this Monday evening and that Didier Deschamps will have to tinker. Today we are thinking of some elements that could have appeared in the list such as Ferland Mendy (a little physically affected) or Theo Hernandez, Lucas’s brother.
As we have known for a long time, lateral positions are struggling to renew themselves in the world. In the France team, the two holders, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, are central, just like Jules Koundé who played on the right against Portugal. As a training side, only Léo Dubois, the Lyonnais, remains, but he plays on the right and has already been tested, in training, on the left by Deschamps.
Djibril Sidibé and Benjamin Mendy were also almost unavailable
But this problem is not really recent and it seems that a real curse is falling on the Blues. Remember, in 2018. Didier Deschamps calls Djibril Sidibé and Benjamin Mendy. If the Citizen had done the preparation well, he was preferred Lucas Hernandez on the side. In question ? A physical deficit preventing Deschamps from playing. He will only play 40 minutes in the third group match against Denmark.
As for Djibril Sidibé, it was almost the same. The right-back was uncertain for a long time due to pain in his left knee and finally he was kept in the list by Deschamps. He played a whole game, also the one against Denmark, that of the hairdressers, but that’s about all, his body not leaving him alone. Now, Didier Deschamps must pray that one of his two elements on the left can finish this Euro …