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"Lloris and Griezmann opposed the return of Benzema, Favre created a harmful atmosphere" - voila! sport


Journalist Romain Molina revealed the tensions in the French national team: Benzema's supporters were "silenced", the heads of the association hoped to blame him, Deschamps feared that his presence would "cause negative coverage"

The reception of the French team in Paris (Reuters)

The French national team returned to Paris last night (Monday) after the painful loss in the dramatic World Cup final against Argentina, and was welcomed by tens of thousands of fans at Concorde Square.

Despite the disappointment of losing the title of world champion, most of the players were seen smiling on stage and thanked the audience that came to support them, but at the same time as the festive event, the journalist Roman Molina promised to reveal "some truths" regarding what happened to the team during the World Cup, and he did so.

In his YouTube broadcast, Molina claimed that the two who had trouble accepting Karim Benzema's return were Hugo Lloris and Antoine Griezmann, who he said resented his leadership and saw the team as "theirs".

The two preferred that he not be part of the squad and "blessed" that in the end he did stay at home due to injury.

According to him, precisely with Olivier Giroud, despite past conflicts, there was no friction and the Milan striker even wanted to start alongside him in the 11th.

There was no friction between them.

Karim Benzema with Olivier Giroud (Photo: Reuters)

Many players supported Benzema, but the association's management warned them against expressing support publicly.

According to Molina, people in the association said after the Euros last year: "If something doesn't work out, we can blame Benzema."

Regarding the inclusion of the Ballon d'Or winner in the national team despite the injury, Molina claims that coach Didier Deschamps thought that "Benzema is too big a player to be around in such a situation, because his presence could create negative media coverage."

That is why he did not agree to be with the team as long as he is not fit to play.

The journalist claimed that Zinedine Zidane refused huge offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United to keep himself free for the position of coach of the national team, and his appointment instead of Deschamps may pave the way for Benzema to return to the squad, despite the retirement announcement yesterday, which the striker decided upon as soon as he was sent home.

He waited with the announcement until the end of the World Cup.

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Hard words between him and Didier Deschamps (Photo: GettyImages, Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA)

As for the defender Benjamin Favar, one of the heroes of the 2018 World Cup who became a marginal player in this tournament after being angry with him in the first match against Australia, Molina said: "His attitude created a harmful atmosphere in the camp, he made inappropriate comments from the bench or in training towards teammates and the team got angry. It was said Hard words between him and Deschamps.

Molina also reported a lack of trust on the part of the players in the team's medical team, when some of them were helped by doctors and private professionals.

  • sport

  • world football

  • French league


  • French national team

  • Karim Benzema

  • Benjamin Faber

Source: walla

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