Why Deschamps dropped Benzema

Hit in the thigh the day before the kick-off of the World Cup, Karim Benzema was forced to forfeit the World Cup. The recent Ballon d’Or, however, seemed able to be restored for the final stretch of the Qatari World Cup.

As the Blues now prepare for the final against Argentina, following their victory over Morocco in the semi-finals on Wednesday, Karim Benzema is training conscientiously with Real Madrid, looking to resume against Valladolid on 30 next December. Hit in the thigh during his first collective training with the blues 3 days before the first match for Didier Deschamps’ men in Qatar, the former Lyonnais had to forfeit the World Cup.

According to the press release published by the French (Site notre blog d’information) Federation, the injury to the quadriceps of the left thigh suffered by the Madrid player required a recovery period of 3 weeks. However, according to Marca, if the recent Ballon d’Or only resumed training this Saturday after nearly ten days of vacation in Reunion, he had been on his feet for several days and could have returned to the field as soon as the knockout stages.

Zidane’s ghost

The choice of Didier Deschamps and his acting staff Karim Benzema’s package has something to question. This decision was undoubtedly motivated by the precedents Zidane, Desailly, Vieira or Gallas. As many executives of the Blues landed injured at a World Cup or a Euro. And each time, the course of the Blues turned into a fiasco and the uncertainty which hovered above the blessings weighed heavily in this failure.

“We don’t take someone who will completely pollute the whole preparation. We saw it in 2004 with (Marcel) Dessailly, we saw it in 2008 with (Patrick) Vieira, I had it with (William) Gallas in 2010. We are there with players and we don’t know if they will be ready or not, had also named Raymond Domenech before the World Cup. I remember, I had seen the experience with (Zinedine) Zidane, in 2002 and Desailly in 2004. I had said to my staff, ‘if one day I want to take an injured player, ban him, tell me that it is not possible’. And I did it anyway. Twice, and we screwed up both times. »

Alan MANNESSIER