The start of the school year was studious for the students of Didier Deschamps. For its first match of the 2023-2024 season, a school year that it hopes to extend until July 14, the date of the final of the European Nations Championship, the French football team beat Ireland ( 2-0), Thursday September 7, at the Parc des Princes.
A fifth success in as many matches for the Blues since the start of these Euro qualifiers, all without conceding a single goal. If the ticket to Germany – organizing country of the final phase – has not yet been officially stamped, qualification is in sight. Unless there is a disaster, it will be validated by the Blues in a few weeks.
Opening match of the Rugby World Cup obliges, the Stade de France was not available to host the meeting. So, on the eve of the clash between the XV of France and the All Blacks, that Didier Deschamps intends to follow, he, the Basque, son of a rugby player from Biarritz Olympique, the vice-world champions of football have taken over the house of Paris Saint-Germain. An enclosure which was igned to the Blues until 1998.
Arrived at 40 goals with the Blues (in 70 selections), Kylian Mbappé had the opportunity to equalize on ” her “ sets the record of Michel Platini, the undisputed prince of the Park in the 1980s, author of one more unit (41 goals in 72 matches) under the blue tunic. The Parisian did not shake the nets of “Boys in Green”but he turned into a per for Aurélien Tchouaméni.
Thus, the midfielder, who plays for a club at Real Madrid, appeared at the edge of the area to place an uncontrolled strike flush with Gavin Bazunu’s post (1-0, 19e). A flash from the 23-year-old player coupled with a convincing performance.
A change of generation
Aligned alongside Adrien Rabiot, the former Girondin and Monegasque will have largely magnetized the balls of the tricolor recovery. Enough to consolidate his status as a starter and confirm, with his club teammate, Eduardo Camavinga, a generational change in midfield. The era of Paul Pogba (30 years old), still looking for his former level, and N’Golo Kanté (32 years old), transferred this summer to a Saudi club, seems to be over.
At 36, Olivier Giroud is a ” Grandpa “ who continues to resist. Author of four achievements with AC Milan since the start of the season, the top scorer in the history of the Blues totaled Thursday a 125e cape in selection. Convalescing from an ankle injury, his competitor since the World Cup in Qatar, Randal Kolo Muani, was not able to hold his place.
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