Between the Pogba affair and the accusations against Noël Le Graët, Didier Deschamps experienced a "more peaceful climate"

France football team coach Didier Deschamps commented on his list for the next two Nations League matches against Austria and Denmark on September 15, 2022 in Paris

Didier Deschamps experienced less hectic comebacks. Often reluctant to move forward on the extra-sporting field, the coach of the France team was poorly served by the news, this Thursday, September 15, when commenting on his list of 23 players to face Austria and Denmark on September 22 and 25 in the Nations League.

" Downright ! You are not cold in the eyes”he replied to a journalist questioning him about a possible resignation of Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation since 2011 and questioned by the magazine SoFoot for the supposed sending of SMS of a sexual nature to employees of the FFF.

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“We must not have the same readingsblew the one who had nevertheless granted a long interview to the monthly in June. If I only refer to the sports part, I realize that there is so much information that is lies and over time becomes nonsense. »

Annoyed, the boss of the Blues? “Nothing bothers me. It's not the most peaceful climate I've known," concedes the one who also assures that "the president is fine" and “is in perfect health”. In the entourage of the Breton, some relatives have nevertheless described to the World a man tired and affected by the revelations of SoFoot. The FFF also indicated on Thursday that it was filing a defamation complaint against the magazine.

The coach also returned at length to the misfortunes of one of his executives, Paul Pogba. Injured and uncertain for the World Cup in Qatar (November 18-December 20), the world champion is despite himself at the heart of a case in which his older brother, Mathias Pogba, is currently in police custody. “I spoke regularly with Paul. You must not ask me to intervene in the stories, those that may have been created, says Deschamps. It is factual today, you know, in his private domain, with justice doing its job. But despite everything, Paul remains solid, with character and he is focused on the field, in order to come back and give himself the means to recover. »

Knee operated last week, the Juventus player is in a race against time to recover before the World Cup. On this subject, Didier Deschamps warns: Pogba will not be traveling for Qatar to make up the numbers or animate the locker room. "Since I've been here, I've never, for a final tournament, taken a player if he wasn't fully recovered, recalled the coach. Paul is not a GO, he is not there to amuse the gallery. »

Evasive on the fate of Olivier Giroud

Another world champion does not know if he will be in Paris-Doha in November: Olivier Giroud. As in March, the AC Milan striker will make up for Karim Benzema's package. Three months later, the Madrilenian was back and Giroud disappeared from the France group for the next four games.

What deduce that his presence in Qatar inevitably goes through an absence of the recent winner of the Champions League? " Olivier is there and the answer [sur sa présence, ou non, au Mondial]you will have it in two months”kicked Didier Deschamps into touch, before completing with a funny rhetorical figure: “Everything evolves… and sometimes nothing evolves. »

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His group has evolved a lot compared to the June list, the fault of a cascade of injuries. In defense, packages of Presnel Kimpembe and Lucas Hernandez take advantage of Monegasque Benoît Badiashile (21). His club partner, midfielder Youssouf Fofana (23) will also discover the France group in a depopulated sector with the absences of Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kanté. In attack, the last newcomer is Randal Kolo (23), who arrived at Eintracht Frankfurt this summer from FC Nantes.

There are rookies and ghosts like Real Madrid players Ferland Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga. Kingsley Coman's thigh injury (Bayern Munich) is an opportunity to see Ousmane Dembélé again after a year away from the Blues. Brilliant but unpredictable, the FC Barcelona winger has always benefited from a great love rating from Didier Deschamps. For his part, Eduardo Camavinga – almost two years after his last call-up – has a good card to play in a midfield under construction.

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