Christopher Nkunku-Randal Kolo Muani: Crossed Destinies

Touched in training on Tuesday evening, Christopher Nkunku was forced to give up the World Cup on the eve of flying to Doha. The misfortune of some making the happiness of others, it is Randal Kolo Muani who will discover in his place the thrills of a World Cup.

The images had cast doubt – as every time a player has to end his session prematurely – a few hours before the big start for Qatar. Touched after an unfortunate contact with Eduardo Camavinga, Nkunku limped out under the concerned eye of Didier Deschamps on Tuesday evening. Unfortunately, the verdict was final: the will-o’-the-wisp of RB Leipzig suffered from a sprained left knee and had to give up what promised to be a form of achievement after two crazy seasons across the Rhine. The best player in the Bundesliga 2021-2022 will therefore have to wait before discovering the World Cup.

Everything goes very fast in football

A joy finally intended for another neophyte in the matter. After discovering the selection in September, Randal Kolo Muani was chosen by Didier Deschamps to complete the list of 26 Blues and will join the group directly on site on Thursday. “Being called up to the Blues is not an end in itself, the hardest thing is to stay there. It’s a stage, I have to work hard to be remembered. I’m going to try to have fun and give it my all so I don’t regret anything.” , he recited last September with La Chaîne L’Équipe after his first appearance in the group. Before ensuring to believe in his chances for the World Cup. He took it well, since once again, the absences allowed him to be there.

This reality should not overshadow the excellent performances of a player who will have discovered the Bundesliga, the Champions League, the Blues and therefore the World Cup in just a few months. “In football, things can go very quickly in one direction or the other. You have to be ready for the best and the worst, and I think I am., he assured last month to Parisian. Over the years, I have accelerated my pace of work. I put myself in the shoes of a true professional, and that succeeded me rather well, even if younger, one said that I was a little nonchalant. » Mission successful judging by the ease with which the guy has crossed one by one the levels that have presented themselves to him since last summer, and more generally since his return to Nantes in 2020, after a one-season loan. in Boulogne-sur-Mer. What’s more, by not having set foot in any training center before he was 17 years old.

Bruises and bumps

Like Raymond Domenech in 2006 with the double tibia-fibula fracture of Djibril Cissé, Didier Deschamps also lost an important element a few days before the entry into the running of the defending champions. A new package which is added to those of Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté or more recently Presnel Kimpembe. Admittedly, Nkunku did not necessarily start in the shoes of an indisputable holder, but his great recent form foreshadowed a leading role in the equation thought out by the coach. Very attached to its quota of players from the Bundesliga, DD therefore appealed to a not so distant profile with Kolo Muani, capable of scoring (five pawns in Buli this season) as well as scoring (eight assists, best passer in the championship).

Author of two very short entries against Austria, then Denmark in September, RKM is preparing to realize a childhood dream. “I wanted to play for the France team, one day for a big club, to go on TVhe said again to the Parisian. I must have had some luck and honestly, I didn’t think it would happen. I had it in my head that I would be in the France team in 2023. It was my own little secret. » And no need to keep it so well, after all.

By Tom Binet

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