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Griezmann, Tchouaméni, Hernandez ... Where are the Blues finalists for the 2022 World Cup?


DECRYPTION – Two months after the World Cup final lost against Argentina, the Blues are experiencing mixed fortunes, at the dawn of the knockout stages of the Champions League.

It is, for most of them, their first big meeting on the football pitch this week, two months after their trip to Qatar.

Many players from the France team, beaten in the World Cup final by Argentina (3-3, 4-2 on penalties), are expected in the European Cups.

The knockout stages of the Champions League begin this Tuesday, and the play-offs before the round of 16 in the Europa League and Europa League Conference follow this Thursday.

Some Blues have digested the World Cup well.

Others a little less.

State of play.

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They blaze

Except surprise, they will be three French to start with Bayern Munich against PSG, this Tuesday in the knockout stages of the Champions League (9 p.m.).

Benjamin Pavard

, out of the eleven of the Blues during the World Cup, found a starting place.

Dayot Upamecano

is confirmed there by his side.

In attack,

Kingsley Coman

(3 goals in the last 2 Bundesliga matches) rarely plays 90 minutes, but he responds.

A little further north,

Randal Kolo Muani

, whose Eintracht Frankfurt will face Naples in C1 on February 21, is walking on water (6 matches, 6 goals and 2 assists since the World Cup).

In France, there is also a smile:

Mattéo Guendouzi


Jordan Veretout

are precious in Marseille, and

Axel Disasi


Youssouf Fofana

are holders at AS Monaco, undefeated since the recovery in L1.


The draw between Bayern and Frankfurt with a nice goal from Kolo Muani on January 28 (1-1)

If we look again abroad, we note that

Jules Koundé

, often used on the right, no longer leaves the standard team at FC Barcelona.

The same for

Adrien Rabiot

at Juventus and

Eduardo Camavinga

who seduces Real Madrid as a left-back, a find from Deschamps in Qatar.

Karim Benzema

, who would have been officially world champion if the Blues had won the final, is more than ever the leader of Real.


Antoine Griezmann

remains an essential pawn of Atlético.

They hold on

Holder in 6 matches (6 wins) for West Ham in the Europa League Conference,

Alphonse Areola

waxes the bench in the Premier League.

He must wait for the cups to play.

Raphaël Varane

, a newly retired international, has had a string of matches at Manchester United, without the weight of the France team now.

Aurélien Tchouaméni

missed 6 matches due to injury at Real Madrid, but he has just won the Club World Cup as a starter.

In Germany,

Marcus Thuram

, mute in front of goal with Mönchengladbach for 4 matches, begins to doubt.

This is less the case for

Olivier Giroud

(2 goals in the last 3 matches), but AC Milan, 5th in Serie A, is having a crisis.

Another retiree from the Blues,

Steve Mandanda

is like Stade Rennais: inconstant.

The Breton club has just conceded 6 goals in 2 matches and was ejected from the top 5 of L1.

They are struggling

He is also a goalkeeper, he has also made a line with the Blues, but he is injured:

Hugo Lloris

, hit in the knee against Manchester City on February 5 (1-0), will be absent for another one to two months.

The most capped Frenchman in history (145 caps) has not been performing very well since his return from Qatar.

No more than defender

William Saliba

, yet radiant before the World Cup with Arsenal, still leader of the Premier League.

William Saliba suffered in his duels with Ivan Toney of Brentford on February 11.


Saliba, at least, continues to play.

Another Premier League defender,

Ibrahima Konaté

, suffered a hamstring injury in late January.

He could miss Liverpool's round of 16 first leg in the Champions League against Real Madrid on February 21.

Ousmane Dembélé

, he is already forfeited for Barça's first and second legs against Manchester United, in the Europa League play-off.

His attacking partner in Blues,

Kylian Mbappé

, also made a stint in the infirmary.

He looks set to win his race against the clock to face Bayern.

The PSG striker, with contrasting performances since his excellent World Cup, is in the squad for this Tuesday's shock.


Théo Hernandez

seems to be overheating at AC Milan.

The left side has no lining in his position.

He was at the forefront of Milan's series of 5 games without a win in Serie A, punctuated by defeats in the Italian Cup and Italian Supercup.

Theo has the merit of playing: his brother,

Lucas Hernandez

, victim of a cruciate ligament rupture at the start of the World Cup, should not play again this season at Bayern Munich.

Source: lefigaro

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