France have lost a lot and the World Cup has not yet started with the withdrawal of Karim Benzema pronounced immediately after his return to training.
After Christophe Nkunku and Presnel Kimpembe, it was Karim Benzema who had to forfeit after the list given by Didier Deschamps. Being deprived of the Ballon d’Or for such a competition is undoubtedly a major blow for the French team. Yet, for days, Didier Deschamps and KB9 himself had been reassuring in words, believing that it was a simple embarrassment, that the injury was about to be healed and that Benzema was simply prudent to the point of missing a few games. In fact, the French forward was seriously injured and sustained another injury as soon as he tried to resume full training.
Nasri puts his foot in the pot
And the day after this crazy announcement for France, Samir Nasri asks the angry question, especially since Karim Benzema won’t be replaced with the Blues for the World Cup. Consequently, it was necessary to focus from the beginning on the state of health of the Real Madrid striker, with an affordable a priori chicken and a player who obviously lacked competition.
🗨️ “I took him yesterday, he was angry (…) The management was very bad with him”
Samir Nasri on Benzema’s package ❌ pic.twitter.com/X8fcRA6v2z
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“ If he was marabouted, I don’t know (smiles) I took him yesterday, he was upset. I think the management was very bad with him. He is a special player who requires special attention. We didn’t necessarily need Benzema for Australia, Tunisia and Denmark. He’s a player who takes you through a level and so we needed him for the knockout matches. I find that really harmful. He shouldn’t push it. He played 60 games last season, it’s normal for him to feel tired at 34. It wasn’t necessarily necessary to push at the start of the World Cup”underlined the former Blues midfielder, who believes that precautionary decisions should have been taken given that the competition can last a month.
Benzema mismanaged by France
This is for example what Belgium did by choosing Romelu Lukaku when the Red Devils striker hasn’t been fit for two weeks. But at the basis of this choice of Roberto Martinez is the prospect of possibly having him available for the round of 16. Impossible to remake the world, and French doctors agree that all precautions had been taken. However, Didier Deschamps wanted a full squad to start the competition and has now lost his starting centre-forward.