Didier Deschamps, the coach of the France team, says he still has some uncertainties to compose his list of 26 players that he will announce on May 18. He closely follows the convalescents.
A little over a month from the start of Euro 2020 (June 11-July 11) and eight days from the announcement of his list, Didier Deschamps still has some uncertainties. In an interview with German media Kicker, the coach of the France team still warned that he was not planning a last minute surprise. A doubt lies in the last games of the season and the state of form of some players.
“I am not Santa Claus, I am not here to announce surprises to you, he declared. I am moving forward little by little. I have players, like Corentin Tolisso, who are still recovering, and I do not yet have all the information on their condition. “
Absent from the field since February after his operation for a ruptured tendon in the left quadriceps, the midfielder resumed training but did not play last weekend in the Bavarian victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach (6-0). He is engaged in a race against the clock to take the train before the announcement of Didier Deschamps, on May 18 on TF1 and M6.
He fears the finals of European Cups
“I will announce my list of players on May 18, but there will also be matches after that, he recalls. I will have players who will participate in the two European Cup finals. will go well, because unfortunately we cannot avoid the unexpected. The only list that matters is the one we send to UEFA on June 1 at midnight. “
The French N’Golo Kanté, Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma, Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy will be affected by the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester United on May 29. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial (also back to training after a knee injury) will be affected by the Europa League final between Manchester United and Villarreal (where Etienne Capoue and Francis Coquelin play, not affected by the Blues, except big surprise), May 26.
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The coaches must send their list to UEFA before 1 June. But they will be able to call for reinforcements in the event of players seriously injured or affected by the Covid until their first match in the competition. For the Blues, it will be against Germany on June 15.