This Saturday evening (9:10 p.m.), the France team began its preparation for Euro 2022 with a duel against Cameroon. Faced with an opponent a priori prenable, Corinne Deacon should distribute playing time and allow her new version to be tested in real conditions before jumping into the deep end within two weeks.
06/25/2022 at 09:10 PM
A match under the sign of tennis. This is how we could announce this first friendly preparation of the French team before receiving Vietnam in Orleans next Friday and, above all, the start of its Euro, on July 10 against Italy, in Rotherham. The last (and only) time that Les Bleues indeed played Cameroon was in October 2018 at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble and the sentence had been particularly severe for the Indomitable Lionesses, defeated 6-0. This time, the duel will take place at the Pierre-Brisson stadium in Beauvais, an enclosure in which the France team has already performed once. It was in 2013, it was against Poland, and the score had also been final: 6-0. A sign ?
State of Grace
Be that as it may, this first dress rehearsal will be placed under the sign of “physical and athletic preparation more than tactics” according to Corinne Deacon at a press conference. “The players know each other perfectly, we work with a good group that has several qualities and strings to its bow, and that’s an asset for the France team. » The reception of Cameroon will therefore serve as a life-size test for the 23 Bleues now gathered in Clairefontaine since last June 14 and who have since continued to chain particularly physical training in order to quickly find a cruising speed, since the competitions ended at the beginning of the month. “We know where we want to go, so we have no choice: we have to suffer in silence. The tears must stay inside” summed up goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, a new taulière between the tricolor woods. “The preparation, we know what it is: we store a lot of energy, physics and afterwards, normally, we fly” noted for his part the midfielder of Everton Kenza Dali.
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This seemingly harmless match will also be an opportunity to “work mentally and give playing time to as many players as possible” , according to the wishes of Corinne Deacon, who could therefore field two separate teams during the game and allow certain beginners to show their qualities. On the other hand, in the radius of the absent, it will be necessary to do without Grace Geyoro. The Parisian conductor was indeed the victim of a sprained left knee, and her absence “for ten days” should still not prevent him from participating in the Euro. “We will review with the medical staff next Monday to see if this period will be shortened. In any case, he shouldn’t lie down, and that’s already a good thing.” , said Corinne Deacon, reassuring, and who could therefore field a similar midfielder to the one who failed against Slovenia (Mateo, Palis, Dali, 1-0 victory) in April, or in the Netherlands (Toletti, Bilbault, Mateo, 3-1 victory) at the last Tournoi de France. In the radius of uncertainties against Cameroon, the Parisian Sakina Karchaoui could also be “spare” following a contraction.
Don’t see yourself too beautiful
On a purely sporting level, the coach refrains from declaring victory too soon because, by her own admission, the bodies of her players are still ” a little tired ” . Internally, this match will be an opportunity to break the training routine and see what this blue version, amputated from several of its executives (Henry, Le Sommer, Hamraoui…), has in the belly, facing a nation which, if it was chosen almost by default, because of the complexity of organizing friendlies against European selections, will not be there to make up the numbers. On July 3, the Lionesses of Gabriel Zabo, eighth finalists of the last World Cup, indeed begin their CAN against Zambia, with the objective of winning a continental crown which has eluded them four times. But with four absent in the group following flight and visa problems (including captain Gabrielle Onguéné), the task is likely to be difficult in the cauldron of Beauvaisis. Aux Bleues to take advantage of it not to go into detail. Three years after the failure of the World House, the new generation is about to write the first page of a new chapter for which everyone hopes for a happier conclusion.
By Julien Duez