While his teammate in selection, Jan Vertonghen, questioned him about the absence of the stars at the Euro, including Anthony Martial, Thibaut Courtois questioned the quality of the French striker from Manchester United.
Belgian Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, known in France for having multiplied criticism and scathing remarks since the Blues dominated Belgium in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, could well drag out a new rowdy statement for some time. .
Asked by his teammate in selection Jan Vertonghen, Thibaut Courtois was to name three stars who have not played the Euro this year. The Real Madrid keeper did not fail to quote his former Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos, but he was unable to name other players. They were, however, legion.
Martial, too fair physically
Either way, he could have cited Erling Haaland, Marc-André ter Stegen, Virgil van Dijk, Moise Kean, Edin Dzeko, Jan Oblak, Miralem Pjanic, or even … Anthony Martial? “Martial? Is he a star player?”, Wondered the Red Devils goalkeeper in front of Jan Vertonghen, while shrugging his shoulders to emphasize the message, before bursting into laughter.
Although he has not had a great season with Manchester United (only 7 goals and 9 assists in 36 games, all competitions), Anthony Martial would undoubtedly have had his chance at the Euro, without a setback. Didier Deschamps finally gave up calling him because of a left knee injury.
“A player was supposed to be there, it’s Martial. But he is not available, explained Didier Deschamps. He has physical problems, as other players have had.” The absence of Martial in the list of 26 selected players may have facilitated the return of Karim Benzema to the selection, after five and a half of absence.
A strong choice on the part of Didier Deschamps, but which did not allow France to foresee victory in this competition, whose final will pit Italy and England, this Sunday (9 p.m.). France left the competition in the round of 16, and Belgium in the next round, in the quarterfinals.