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World Cup 2022: behind the scenes of England-France and the qualification of the Blues

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World Cup 2022: behind the scenes of England-France and the qualification of the Blues
Written by madishthestylebar

The France team qualified for the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup on Saturday evening by eliminating England (2-1). Before facing the English, in what was their first big meeting in this World Cup, the Blues were very concentrated but quite calm.

It’s done, the France team is in the last four of the World Cup, qualified for a semi-final against Morocco (Wednesday at 8 p.m.) thanks to its victory against England on Saturday evening (2-1 ). A first big meeting in this World Cup for the players of Didier Deschamps, approached with seriousness and serenity.

The stupor of the elimination of Brazil

The day before the quarter-final, some players are gathered in a room to have their hair cut: you have to be impeccable in front of the millions of viewers who will scrutinize the smallest details of this Franco-British duel. It’s fun, in a good-natured atmosphere and in front of the quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands. The players are surprised by the elimination of Brazil earlier in the day and the subject naturally invites itself into the discussions. The distress of Marquinhos challenges several players: “He does not deserve this”, launches his teammate at PSG Kylian Mbappé, already very focused on what awaits the Blues the next day.

After Argentina’s sluggish qualification, the moral of this evening of hair refreshment is as follows: no resting on one’s laurels. Everyone can be eliminated. The proof with the prestigious selections which have already packed their bags: Germany, Spain or even Brazil.

For this match against the English, Didier Deschamps has a well-defined idea of ​​what he wants to put in place. The opponent has been meticulously prepared, the faults as well as the qualities have been scrutinized by video analysts Eric Dubray and Thierry Marszalek. Friday evening, after dinner, the coach brings together the 11 holders exclusively in a room, as he had done in Russia four years ago. The battle plan for the clash against the Three Lions is discussed in detail, on a blackboard.

The Blues shocked by the words of the English tabloids

Many young people discover the World Cup and therefore this level of competition. They don’t need much to be over-motivated. The English press will however succeed in motivating them a little more. The group is shocked by the tabloids which make captain Hugo Lloris the weak link in the France team. The players unite behind their goalkeeper, in front of criticism which they find surreal for a player who has played in the English championship for years and who has proven himself in the Premier League. Hugo Lloris will provide the answer on the pitch, as he had promised at a press conference. His saves will be decisive, like on this strike from Jude Bellingham at the very start of the second period.

Executives maneuvering on the field and in the locker room

He will also take responsibility at the break to encourage his teammates to continue their efforts. Raphaël Varane, whose rant had marked the spirits during the last match against Poland, will have a word for his teammates. Olivier Giroud also and, more surprisingly because he is not used to it, Antoine Griezmann will also speak. He does it more and more, especially in the life of the group. The Atlético de Madrid player is smiling again. At the end of the match, “Grizi” is one of those who make themselves heard the most, with his sound system in his hands. The Gala song “Freed from desire”, the anthem of the Blues, resonates very strongly in the locker room.

A locker room on fire, the minister’s speech on an iron trunk

The Minister of Sports will congratulate the players. Standing on an iron trunk, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra makes a speech. His emotion is palpable. She warmly congratulates the players. The president of the Federation is not very far away. Noël Le Graët also takes the floor. Both are applauded.

Lilian Thuram has just passed the torch to Hugo Lloris, now the most capped player in the selection with 143 games on the clock. Claude Makelele, 2006 world vice-champion, is also there. A party atmosphere that continues to the Al Messila hotel, base camp of the Tricolores. The welcome from the hotel staff is up to par, the confetti is raining, the Gala hit is obviously broadcast. A guard of honor is made for players and staff. At the back of the pack: Antoine Griezmann, all smiles with his mate in hand. The now best decisive passer in the history of the France team even climbs on a small fountain located in the lobby of the hotel while dancing. Since we tell you that he is happy…

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