Benzema package for France-Australia, the nightmare begins

Five days before the match against Australia, Karim Benzema is still not training, and is dragging his injury contracted with Real Madrid. France trembles for its Ballon d’Or.

The preparation for the World Cup is far from being a long calm river for the France team, which crosses its fingers not to lose new players at each training session. This does not necessarily work very well since it was Christopher Nkunku who had to abandon the Blues this week after a blow received in training. A package that follows those of Presnel Kimpembe, Paul Pogba or N’Golo Kanté in recent weeks. And now France are crossing their fingers to have a Karim Benzema in good condition for the start of the competition. This is far from a guarantee since, five days before the first match against Australia, the Real Madrid striker was only able to warm up with his compatriots for the first training session in Qatar. The rest of the session was limited to specific work, just like Raphaël Varane.

Tchouaméni counts on Benzema

Concern is therefore rising among French players and managers, with the possibility of leaving Karim Benzema to rest for the first match which is gaining momentum. At a press conference, Aurélien Tchouaméni confirmed the doubt that reigned among the Blues. ” We hope he will be operational for the 1st game. He is a top player, who is part of the elite of football. He wasn’t 100%, everyone respects that “, delivered his teammate in Madrid, who knows that KB9 has been accused of resting a little too much at Real in recent weeks. But his difficulties in returning to collective training show that his injury is still present, despite the reassuring words of the player and Didier Deschamps.

It is therefore not for nothing that Didier Deschamps recalled two attackers recently, with Randal Kolo-Muani and Marcus Thuram. But the risk of seeing the Blues be weakened in the absence of the Ballon d’Or 2022 is real and it must be emphasized. This is what Noël Tanzi, an experienced French trainer and consultant for Le Quotidien du Sport, believes. “ Never in the history of the World Cup, has a team suffered so many setbacks before a World Cup. An avalanche of injured, no preparation, the latest half-tone results but…….We have on paper one of the best attacks in the world! Provided it is certain that Kylian Mbappe will be supported by Karim Benzema. The fears that I am about to express seem legitimate to me. Karim received a well-deserved Ballon d’Or, he flew over the Champions League last season, he single-handedly eliminated Paris Saint Germain, but do we have the same Karim today as in the spring? I do not think so ! Firstly because there was a compulsory decompression after obtaining the supreme title of best player in the world. It’s human ! And Karim has the right. Then, the little playing time he has had in recent months, the mini injury that has been attributed to him… In short, it will take him about ten days before we find the Benzema that we all love, c is physiological “Said Noël Tanzi, for whom the Blues will have to start without Karim Benzema, and therefore with Olivier Giroud at the forefront of the attack. What give airs of Russia 2018 to this team of France.

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