The doubts surrounding Antoine Griezmann’s club future intensified after the French international striker chose not to announce a decision in today’s press conference. Griezmann was expected to make a major announcement but instead said “I’m sorry for the wait, but today is not the day”
Rumours have linked Griezmann with a switch to Barcelona while other outlets have claimed he will stay at the Wanda Metropolitano with Atleti expected to sign Thomas Lemar to strengthen their squad. There have also been some rumours about a potential switch to United, but national coach Dider Deschamps has also been quoted saying that his star striker will stay in Spain Continue reading
Nice have confirmed the appointment of former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira as their new manager. The job with OGCN is Vieira’s first in Europe- he was previously in charge of New York City in the MLS. Rumours had him as Arsene Wenger’s possible successor at the Emirates, but he has chosen to return to his native France to replace Lucien Favre, who left Les Aiglons for Borussia Dortmund this summer. Continue reading
France finished their pre World Cup friendlies with a disappointing 1-1 draw with the United in Lyon. Coach Didier Deschamps had said before the game that the lineup he fielded against the MNT would be similar to the XI one could expect to start in the World Cup opener against Australia. Despite a poor performance against Italy, Paul Pogba was chosen in the lineup, partnering N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi in the centre of the park.
France’s starting lineup v United States 2018:- Lloris, Sidibe, Varane, Mendy, Umtiti, Matuidi, Kante, Pogba, Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe
The United States fielded a young lineup, with Bobby Wood the only player with real experience in the starting XI. The rest were players with less than international caps, with the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and Joe Corona kept on the bench by coach Dave Sarachan. Continue reading
Under fire midfielder Paul Pogba will look to make a compelling case for his inclusion in France’s starting XI when Les Bleus take on the United States in their final friendly before the World Cup. Didier Deschamps’ side have won their last three games but Pogba’s form in their 2-1 victory over Nice has raised more questions than answers with pundits and former players both calling for the Manchester United medio’s exclusion. Continue reading
Roberto Mancini suffered his first defeat as Italy manager as the Azzurri went down 3-1 to Didier Deschamps’ France in Nice. The former Man City and Zenit gaffer had started his tenure in charge of the national team with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia, but the Euro 2016 finalists were too strong for them and ran out deserved winners on Saturday night. Continue reading
Could Anthony Martial leave Manchester United this summer? Rumours surrounding the French winger’s future have again started surfacing after he was one of the United players criticised by manager Jose Mourinho after their 1-0 loss to Brighton at the Amex- the first time that the Red Devils have lost away to all three promoted teams in the same season since the PL began.
Mourinho gave starts to both Martial and Marcus Rashford, but was left less than impressed with what he say. The Portuguese gaffer didn’t name Martial directly, but the comments below clearly refer to the former Monaco star.
“For many months you are always asking me why this player doesn’t play, why that player doesn’t play, why this player is on the bench, why always Lukaku?”