France are sweating on the fitness of star forward Kylian Mbappe after the PSG striker was injured in training after a tackle from Adil Rami. The “ramifications” (apologies for the pun), could be huge, with Les Bleus set to open their World Cup campaign four days from now against the Socceroos.
Mbappe has been a key player for France and scored the only goal in their last match- a 1-1 draw against the United States in Lyon.
Rami was chosen for the French squad because Laurent Koscielny could not make it due to injury, leaving Deschamps requiring an experienced right footed defender amidst the prevalence of left footers in the squad. Continue reading
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