Didier Deschamps explains why he decided to select Karim Benzema for Euro 2021.
After unveiling his list of 26, Didier Deschamps answered questions from Nathalie Ianetta and Marie Portolano. He obviously spoke about the return of Karim Benzema to the France team.
Why now ? : “I don’t have the ability, nobody has, to go back and 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. After that, I had a long reflection, to come to this decision today. I will not reveal a word of the discussion, that concerns us both. I needed it, he needed it. “
“I have already been confronted with difficult situations, I have always ignored my personal case. The France team does not belong to me, even if I am well aware that the responsibility that I have is important, by the choices that I have to make ”, added the coach.
On the Benzema-Giroud competition : “There is always competition. You quote Giroud and Benzema, but for more than three years they were together. By making this choice, it is for the good of the France team, as it always does. The France team are supposed to be better with Karim Benzema, but not at all by eliminating Olivier Giroud. Do not forget in spite of everything that for years the French team obtained very good results: vice-champion of Europe, champion of the world. “
On the other surprises with the presence of Jules Koundé and Marcus Thuram : “It’s not my job to create surprises. Thuram has been with us before. Koundé could have been with us in March, but I left the priority option to the Espoirs. He’s had a great season with Sevilla FC. He has this ability to have versatility, that is, he can play in the axial position and also back right. “
On the absence of Anthony Martial : “A player was supposed to be able to be there, it’s Martial. But it is not available. He has physical problems, as other players may have had or have. “