Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan

Ibrahima Konate, Raphael Varane, and Kingsley Coman were skilled away from the rest of the France team as the defending champions tried to deal with a virus that disrupted their planning for Sunday’s Football World Cup final against Argentina.  France, who were without Coman, Dayot Upamecano, and Adrien Rabiot because of sickness during their semi-final victory done Morocco, have executed hygiene measures in a try to ensure additional players do not become unwell.

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Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan
Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan

In a condition that brought back unwanted remembrances of the Covid-19 pandemic, much of the conversation during Friday’s press conference was absorbed further on social distancing and plenty of hand-washing than on the prospect of being in front of Lionel Messi. It is not how Didier Deschamps would have needed to make for the challenge of trying to stop Messi from winning the Football World Cup for the opening time.

 Upamecano and Rabiot have answered the key group but Varane, Konate, and Coman were struggling and were forced to train indoors on Friday. The midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni and the left-back Theo Hernandez are also skilled indoors because of respective hip and knee problems. If Varane and Konate are unsuitable it would leave Deschamps without 2 of his 3 main center-backs. The duo played well together against Morocco.

If they are out then Upamecano, who partnered with Varane during the quarter-final success over England, could be accompanied in central defense by Arsenal’s William Saliba, whose only arrival so far was as a substitute in France’s defeat by Tunisia in their final group competition. But Deschamps will not be anxious only about his defensive condition.  France is trying to contain the virus but the fear is additional players could fall ill. That would present Deschamps and a squad deprived of N’Golo, Karim Benzema, Christopher Nkunku, Paul Pogba, and Kante by wound previously the tournament with a bit problem.

 Lucas Hernandez is definitely incapable. Suggestions Benzema, who has recovered from a thigh wound, could fly to Qatar and play, as he was never changed in the team, remain unconfirmed. It would be a drastic measure for Deschamps to call upon Benzema. France has coped without the Real Madrid striker, with Olivier Antoine Griezmann, Giroud, and Kylian Mbappe excelling in the attack. Nowadays, their attention is on making sure everybody is healthy in time for the final.

Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan
Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan

We’re not afraid of that disease, Ousmane Dembele said. Dayot and Adrien had a headache, and a bit of a stomach ache. I made them ginger and sugar tea, and then they felt better. I expect everybody will be ready for the final. There have been theories that the virus, which has brought on flu indications, was picked up during the England match. The England midfielder Declan Rice missed a day of working out because of illness the previous week.

There is nothing to show that theory, though, and an extra possible description is that France has fallen victim to something that has afflicted several guests in Qatar during the Football World Cup. There have been several protests that air conditioning at stadiums, hotels, and media centers has been the reason for sore throats and coughs.

Dembele, who played with Messi at Barcelona, held France was ready to dash the Argentina captain’s vision. Messi is a vision to play with, he said. In the dressing room he is very modest, he benefits the younger players and taught me a lot. It’s hard to play against him but we will do the whole thing we can. We are fighting for our nation, for all the French people. We need the French people to be satisfied with us. It would be great for Lionel to win but we need to succeed too.

How France avoided the curse of previous Football World Cup winners

The Football World Cup victors’ curse has been haunting squads for six decades. If France beat Argentina on Sunday, they will become the opening squad to retain the Football World Cup since the Brazil side of Pele and Garrincha in 1962. Didier Deschamps’ side has already overcome one curse by reaching the final, which is a big success considering how poorly fresh victors have performed while defending their titles.

 Four of the earlier five Football World Cup victors were unsuccessful to get past the initial round of the next tournament, so what watched like an easy group for France Australia, Denmark and Tunisia were not as simple as it first appeared.  Add to that the slew of wounds France suffered previously the tournament and it seemed possible the curse would strike again. Perversely, the perceived ill fortune of losing some great names may have helped France evade the hoodoo. The wounds forced Deschamps to shuffle his pack, replacing skilled superstars and former victors with younger, hungry players.

Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan
Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan

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 Out went 2018 champions Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante the midfield fulcrum of that winning side and they were tracked by Ballon d’Or victor Karim Benzema on the eve of the tournament. France missed an extra member of the 2018 team in the initial match when Lucas Hernandez picked up a wound against Australia. Deschamps also decided to sideline an extra champion later in the Australia match, dropping right-back Benjamin Pavard, who had excelled in Russia. From the outside, the creation so several changes to an established lineup watched unsettling, but it breathed new life into the group and helped France dodge the faults made by several historical victors.

Earlier Football World Cup-winning administrators have, understandably, kept faith in the players who had served them so well 4 years previous and have subsequently been unsuccessful to adapt. When Italy went to Mexico 86 as reigning champions, director Enzo Bearzot carefully chose 8 of the 12 outfield players who had appeared in the earlier final.

Past repeated itself in 2010, when Marcello Lippi called up a host of 30-somethings who had served Italy so well when they had won the Football World Cup in 2006, yet a team with great names such as Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, and Gennaro Gattuso crashed out, failing to success a single competition in a favorable group containing Paraguay, New Zealand, and Slovakia. Spain’s 2010 victors and Germany’s in 2014 were also victims of their own achievements. The backbone of their squads stayed similar and they were unsuccessful to get going.

Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan
Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan

But it’s too simplistic to say age is the only factor. Motivation matters too. “Once your success in the Football World Cup and you go for the next one, trust me, it’s different,” speaks Carlos Alberto Parreira. You keep good players, you keep the name of the state, and you have the past behind you, but at the moment, you lack something. Parreira had won the Football World Cup as Brazil’s administrator in 1994, but he could not repeat the trick when he was given the job of leading the squad to the 2006 Football World Cup as reigning champions.

The Selecao fell meekly in the quarter-finals despite having an embarrassment of attacking riches in Ronaldo, Adriano, Ronaldinho, and Kaka. Later reaching three successive finals in 1994, 1998, and 2002, perhaps Brazil had become too complacent and missing their spark. It’s a fate that has befallen other champions in the previous two, not minimum France at the 2002 Football World Cup. Wounds to Zinedine Zidane and Robert Pires had curtailed their creativity, but the reigning world and European champions should have breezed through a group containing Senegal, Uruguay, and Denmark.

Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan
Varane, Konate, and Coman train apart as virus hits France Football World Cup final plan

 Conversation of Senegal being France B previously the tournament curtain-raiser indicated that hubris had infiltrated the camp and so it verified. Papa Bouba Diop’s victory was the initial of a series of lows that said Les Bleus come bottom of their group without scoring a goal. Deschamps’ decision to drop Pavard, despite not having a natural successor at right-back, displays he has the ruthless nature compulsory to avoid suffering a similar purpose.

Pair that relentlessness with his insistence on focusing only on the next match rather than the latter stages of tournaments something trainers of previous holders have inadvertently let slip and it looks like lessons have been learned. Whether Deschamps will succeed in back-to-back Football World Cups is yet to be seen but, by leading France to the final, he has positively avoided becoming one more victim of the curse.

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