Twelve days after Amandine Henry's shattering statements on the management of coach Corinne Deacon, the France team faces Austria this Friday evening (9 p.m.) in Guingamp in a decisive match for qualifying for Euro 2022. In an inevitably heavy and heavy context, all eyes will be fixed on the two women who play big in this meeting where the pressure will inevitably be great.
Since the start of the gathering of the Blue on Monday in Clairefontaine, the sacred union is however de rigueur.
Corinne Deacon spoke in front of her players to stress the importance of these 2 matches (against Austria and then Tuesday against Kazahkstan in Vannes) and the qualification for the Euro.
Later, the players organized a meeting without the staff to discuss the situation and try to straighten things out before the training session.
“It is always positive and constructive to discuss things in order to move forward better,” says Amandine Henry.
The goal has never been lost sight of.
We intended to all get together to look at each other between four eyes in order to seek qualification together.
Group unity has always been present, we are professionals, we only have one thing in mind, winning. ”
The Lyonnaise, who is not guaranteed to start the meeting as a holder, was not however entitled to explanations with Deacon.
"No there was no interview but for now we are really focused on the goal."
"The priority is for the France team to perform well," insists Corinne Deacon.
The players wanted to talk and they did.
When the time is right, I will do it with them too. ”
The president of the FFF Noël Le Graët, who came to greet the Bleues this Thursday at their hotel in Saint-Brieuc, also insisted on the need to focus on this meeting by practicing a good quality of play but especially by qualifying for the Euro 2022. Enough for everyone to put their egos aside in order to achieve a full match?
“Everyone has taken it upon themselves to ensure that everything goes as well as possible after the bad image given by women's football last week during this media unpacking, indicates a person close to the file.
The priority at the moment is to play well and to represent France at best in these two matches.
Girls are smart.
Afterwards, the egos and management problems have not disappeared and they will have to be resolved one day.
The soap opera is far from over. ”
Even if the great reconciliations are not on the program for the next few days, a success against Austria (or a goalless draw then a victory at the expense of Kazakhstan) to finish first in group G would bring back a little serenity (Les Bleus can also qualify as the best runners-up based on other results).
Afterwards, it will be time to burst the abscess for good.
Before getting off to a good start with the ambition of winning a long-awaited first international title in the coming years.