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“We are not afraid of the virus”: Dembélé tries to reassure two days before the final against Argentina


The Blues winger wanted to relax the atmosphere in the face of the isolation of Varane and Konaté two days before the World Cup final against Argentina.

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The first question did not take long to fuse.

Barely arrived at a press conference this Friday two days before the World Cup final against Argentina, Randal Kolo Muani suffered the plasters.

Faced with a large audience in Doha, the striker of the Blues had to answer on the subject of the day: the flu virus which has shaken the defending champions for several days.

After Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot, affected at the start of the week and who did not play the quarter-final against Morocco on Wednesday (2-0), it is the turn of Raphaël Varane and Ibrahima Konaté to be placed in the 'isolation.

At 48 hours from the XXL challenge against the Albiceleste, doubts remain and if the management of the France team tends to remain optimistic, the general situation calls out.

There is a little flu that is spreading, nothing bad, they will recover very quickly

”, advances Randal Kolo Muani (24 years old, 4 selections), a little helpless in the face of this questioning.

In the aftermath, Raphaël Raymonde, the press manager for the France team, who quickly sensed the key subject of this press conference, took the liberty of speaking.

Randal is not a doctor and we will bring you the necessary information on this subject during the day


A way of politely asking to change the subject.

Recommendation that journalists have of course … not listened to.

Whether with Kolo Muani or Ousmane Dembélé, questions about the virus were numerous, almost eclipsing the theme of the World Cup final.

Ousmane Dembélé JB Autissier / PANORAMIC

Increased reinforcement of barrier gestures among the Blues

I'm not afraid to catch it, we're careful with the teammates

, tries to reassure Kolo Muani.

The doctors are setting up a few sanitary zones.

Don't worry about that, it will get better in the days to come.

Those who are sick stay in their room, we wash our hands, we put on gel, we shake hands with our fists, we are very strict about that


” Affected since Thursday, Raphaël Varane, who feels feverish, will not be present at the training of the day, just like Ibrahima Konaté, also affected.

The two defenders will stay at the hotel.

Kingsley Coman, also affected on the day of France-Morocco, seems to be getting better.

Randal Kolo Muani JB Autissier / PANORAMIC

We are not afraid of the virus

, says Ousmane Dembélé.



and Adrien


had a stomach ache, we made them a little tea, with ginger and honey, we hope things will get better

(for Varane and Konaté).

An outing full of humor from the Barcelonian, also a way to defuse the slightest psychosis.

It does not worry the players and the staff,

he continues.

Dayot was much better after 1 day, I saw him in his room with the mask on, we just took precautions.

But there is no worry.

“The same words each time pronounced by the communication of the Blues.

But Wednesday evening, Rabiot was forfeited, Upamecano on the bench.

Still, there are reasons to be concerned.

Source: lefigaro

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