French right-back Benjamin Pavard completely missed out on his match on Saturday afternoon at the Puskas Arena.
Whether offensively or defensively, he symbolized the underperformance of the Blues (1-1) against Hungary.
But should he have played the entire meeting?
His change could have occurred after two minutes of play, according to Didier Deschamps, guest on Sunday of the Téléfoot show on TF1.
The coach of the France team admitted that he "could have left" Benjamin Pavard, "victim of a very bad fall", if the defender had "communicated on his condition".
It was Attila Fiola who severely jostled him and caused his downfall, the same one who will overtake him on the Hungarian goal in added time of the first period.
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"He had a very bad fall early in the game which had an impact, the players when they are on the field they want to stay there, even when they are on one leg", he explained, without s' extend the defender's injury the day after the match. "It is true that with hindsight, but it was totally the opposite (of the French bench) and as Benjamin did not communicate on his state in relation to this fall, I could have taken him out, I did not have the information, ”continued the coach of the reigning world champions.
"The problem for Pavard is that he had a very bad fall. And that had an impact. When they are on the pitch, the players want to stay. Benjamin has not communicated his condition in relation to this. "
on the impact of Pavard's fall against Hungary pic.twitter.com/meKSgDHDf6
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"Even if in a match when we are down, I prefer to keep the replacement cartridges for the offensive phase, I could have (released it), I did not do it," he added.
Dembélé will take her exams on Sunday evening
On the other hand, Deschamps insisted that Pavard was in no way touched by the other violent shock received in the victory over Germany last Tuesday. "It is not the fact of what he had against Germany, it was a shock, I reaffirm it to you there was no protocol concussion (...), everything was very well made by our doctor, I saw a Benjamin in training in total possession of his means, ”he concluded.
Ray injury, note that the French winger Ousmane Dembélé will undergo medical examinations on Sunday evening. Released at the end of Saturday's match against Hungary when he returned in the 57th minute, he suffered from an injury "to the tendon of a knee", said Blues coach Didier Deschamps. “Apparently it would be a blow but we will check it with the medical staff tonight. I'm not going to worry you or not, ”said the coach.