Present at a press conference on Tuesday, the coach of the France team, Didier Deschamps explained his choice to recall Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid scorer is one of the 26 Blues selected to compete in Euro 2021.
France team: Descghamps explains for Benzema
The big surprise announced a few hours ago has come true. Karim Benzema is back in the France team, he who had been dismissed by Didier Deschamps after the case of the sextape of Mathieu Valbuena in 2016. While we thought the two parties definitively scrambled, the coach decided to recall the Real Madrid striker for Euro 2021.
Asked at the microphone of TF1 after the announcement of his list, the French coach gave the reasons for this choice. Didier Deschamps indicated that the two men exchanged for a long time. “I don’t have the capacity, no one, nor Karim either, to change anything. The most important is today and tomorrow. There were important steps, a very important one. We saw each other, we discussed at length. It was the most important step. I had a long reflection on a lot of things to come to this decision ”, he confided.
The French selection? “Benzema needed it”
The coach of the Blues will not reveal the content of their conversation. “I’m not going to reveal a word of our discussion to you. He needed it, I needed it. We always aspire to have the most peaceful atmosphere possible even if by experience, the slightest spark can have important consequences ”.
Remember that Benzema is coming out of a brilliant season with Real Madrid (29 goals and 8 assists in 45 games, all competitions combined). From a sporting point of view, his selection then appears logical in view of his last performances.