He will finally be able to dry his tears from last October 22 when his thigh gave way against Chelsea and he saw his World Cup dreams vanish. A priori, Raphaël Varane should start on Saturday against Denmark and win his bet. On the bench when the Blues entered the World Cup against the Australians, he could have stopped the meeting: “He could have played the first gameDidier Deschamps said this Friday at a press conference. But by discussions with him, on a taking this decision.”
Ibrahima Konaté and Dayot Upamecano formed a very inexperienced hinge against very docile Australians. The opposition will be much tougher, a priori, against the Danes, who defeated the Blues in June and September. The return of the manager is therefore hoped for even if the coach has kept the mystery: “It was not yesterday’s session that changed much, but he digested the opposition of two 30-minute sets on Wednesday. He was fit on Tuesday, he will be a little better for the second game. Afterwards, these are choices related to experience. He has it. The most important thing is that he feels ready in his body and in his head. I know he is.”
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He brings his serenity, his calm, his experience
A priori, Varane should therefore start for the toughest match of this first round and this is no luxury for an eleven which, in the space of a few weeks, has lost three leaders: Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté and Karim Benzema. The Blues need experience and Deschamps relay. The vice-captain is one, precious. “In the group he brings his serenity, his calm, his experiencetestified Hugo Lloris at a press conference. It is a quiet force. He’s a leader, he’s been there for years. He has a very important role within the Blues.“
We must remember his central role in the Russian campaign, his incredible matches in the quarter, against Uruguay, and especially in the semi-final against Belgium. His excellent start to the season at Manchester United has erased the concerns arising from a very average 2021/2022 season. “When there are important matches like tomorrow, we need all our strengthadded the captain of the Blues. He is there, calm and ready to help the team. It’s a good thing to have him with that mindset. We feel he is ready to fight with this team.“And the Blues are eager to welcome him to the team.
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