According to Franck Le Gall, the doctor of the France team, the French staff did not take excessive risks with Samuel Umtiti during the 2018 World Cup, even if the defender was already hit in the knee during the competition.
Fifteen small games in 2018-2019, eighteen in 2019-2020, and sixteen in 2020-2021. Since the 2018 World Cup, Samuel Umtiti has had a series of physical problems and complicated seasons at FC Barcelona. The fault, in particular, to his left knee. A knee that was already hurting him before the World Cup, but on which he forced a little to get the title in Russia. Too much? This is the whole question.
“I took a risk, because the World Cup is every four years and you are never sure to replay it, admitted the person concerned in March 2019. It is a dream that I have realized , I forced, and that’s why it complicated things in the months that followed. But I do not regret this choice. ” Franck Le Gall, doctor of the France team, however, has another look at the case.
“Other choices were made medically after the World Cup …”
“Honestly, at the time no sacrifice was made, assures the doctor of the Blues in an interview with BeIN Sports. We did not say to ourselves ‘we will go to the end, and then after your career …’ . No, what happened behind it certainly happened, but we didn’t feel like we were doing anything. His problem has a solution, today he still plays football. The rest was complicated for him, but other choices were made medically after the World Cup, choices that do not belong to us. At no time were we in the notion of sacrifice with Sam. “
Do we risk a similar scenario with an international during the Euro? A priori, no. Despite the very busy season, Le Gall explains that he found the Blues in relatively good physical and mental condition. “The players were demanding, almost all of them responded well to the athletic work requested, he rejoices. I do not feel them in pain. (…) Before the 2014 World Cup or Euro 2016, there is maybe has bodies that were more tired than they are today. “