One last stroke of the necklace before the holidays. If some internationals are done with their championship, such as the English or the Germans, others, such as those of Ligue 1 or Liga are still on deck by the weekend. To keep everyone under pressure, Didier Deschamps unveils this Wednesday at 14 pm his group for the two June matches against Gibraltar and Greece (June 16 and 19). In a period never very easy to manage with players eager to go on holiday and end a season to extend after the World Cup, the staff of the Blues should not carry out a broad review of squad, qualification for the Euro (June 14-July 14, 2024) requires.
Injured during the last meeting of March and forfeit in Qatar, Christopher Nkunku, co-top scorer of the Bundesliga and future player of Chelsea, will be summoned by Deschamps for this sequence of June. An uncertainty hangs over Ousmane Dembélé, back with FC Barcelona and who was also absent last March during the successes against the Netherlands (4-0) and Ireland (0-1). Two victories that put Les Bleus at the top of their Euro 2024 qualifying group (14 June-14 July). Facing Gibraltar and Greece, two opponents well within reach of the vice-champions of the world, Deschamps knows better than anyone the possibility of an unpleasant surprise at this time of the season. In June 2022, the Blues had concluded their season with a disappointing record (2 defeats and 2 draws).
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Thuram and Diaby sidelined?
The traffic jam and the abundance of goods are verified for Didier Deschamps in the offensive sector. The return of Nkunku and Dembélé could lead to the sidelining of Moussa Diaby and Marcus Thuram, present in March. Unless "DD" decides to remove Olivier Giroud (36), decisive with Milan, under the renewal of generation... A choice that would still surprise in view of the service record of the best scorer in the history of the Blues and his desire to continue his adventure in selection until the Euro. And on the pitch, the recent Champions League semi-finalist with AC Milan showed that he has more than ever the level. What about Alexandre Lacazette, who is fighting with Kylian Mbappé (27 for Lyon, 28 goals for the Parisian) for the title of best in Ligue 1? Unlikely, his last appearance with the France team was ... to November 2017. At 32, the OL striker does not represent the future and has never entered the coach's plans.
Possible opening in midfield
In midfield, the injury of Khephren Thuram (muscle injury in the right thigh) could offer a chance to Marseille Valentin Rongier or Manu Koné who performs with Borussia M'Gladbach. Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté will still be forfeited in a sector of play that will count on Adrien Rabiot, Aurélien Tchouaméni or Eduardo Camavinga, who can help out in the left corridor or Youssouf Fofana.
In defense, little surprise to expect with the regulars Benjamin Pavard, Jules Koundé, Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konaté or Theo Hernandez. Axel Disasi could again take advantage of the absences (Kimpembe, L. Hernandez, Saliba) and make a place for himself in Clairefontaine. Unless Wesley Fofana, not very dashing with Chelsea, is summoned.