As he prepares to defend the World Cup crown he won in Qatar four years ago in Russia, several key players have been sidelined with injuries and some are still recovering, so the French camp is in need. The atmosphere is hard to judge. Bruce doesn’t expect things to get any easier.

With the suitability of Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema and defender Raphaël Varane still in doubt, Didier Deschamps’ starting line-up he will face Australia in Group D on 22 November, followed by Denmark and Tunisia. increase. Hernandez feels like his opponent is barking for blood. “All the teams want to beat France… they are aggressive and it will be a real fight,” he said at a press conference at Al Sadd Sports Club’s French training facility on Friday. Defender Hernandez, who arrived for the race, said with a big smile…

There was no such expression in Rabiot. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that this is his first World Cup, when Hernández was part of a team that tasted glory in Russia. It’s related. Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante played key roles in France’s midfield on their way to victory in 2018, but were sidelined through injury.

An illustrious career integral to France’s efficient counter-attacking style, Blaise Matuidi has faded into international oblivion.

“It’s my first World Cup, so there’s pressure, but it’s not overwhelming,” Rabiot told reporters. I am grateful and consider myself lucky that my time has come.

Rabiot’s role is likely to be that of Matuidi, a free midfielder who complements defense and complements attack. But Rabiot only thinks about playing.

“The role of a starting member comes with great responsibility. “I am a football player and a competitor. I can play in many positions. I prefer to play in the position where I am best, where I can show my chemistry and what I can bring to the team.

“The Blaze have different qualities and I’m not the same type of player. If the manager decides it.Rabiot hopes to score for Juventus and qualify for the World Cup and then stack it up with a solid performance for France. He hopes that it will also help dispel the image of

“That will change if the competition goes well,” said the 27-year-old, who has had a series of battles with teammates and coaches in his career. I’m focused on how far I can go.”

In Qatar, France looks to avoid the fate of the last three defending champions in the World Cup after Italy, Spain and Germany failed to advance through the group stage.

The same fate befell France in 2002, when the World Cup was last held in Asia. France won the World Championship in 1998 for the first time in her home country. They then played Denmark in the group stage.

Of the curse of Europe’s World Cup champions, Rabiot said, “It’s a lot of responsibility.” We have an opportunity to do something special.

“We have to come together and not get caught up in what is being said outside. We aim to evolve in a gentle way.”

This evolution is significant for France in Qatar. Headlines that didn’t did poorly. But France will also have to evolve with uncertainty over the status of star striker Benzema and centre-back Varane, who have trained separately from the rest of the team.

“We are working on the injury and hope they can play,” Rabiot said. “It doesn’t affect us. I think he’ll play when he’s ready, and if he’s ready, that’s the manager’s decision.”

Varane’s fitness, on the other hand, will have a direct impact on which position Hernández, a former left-back in Russia, will play. The versatile 26-year-old said he plays both at center and wing for Munich and would have no problem moving to any position to help the French cause.

“He’s been playing in the center [since the World Cup], but in his last three games for Bayern he was playing at left-back,” said Hernández. “Varane is a very important player for us, but I believe the team can manage both him and Benzema.


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