In an interview with the Team this Thursday, Corentin Tolisso recounts the past months, from his injury in February to the announcement of his summons on May 18, to participate in the next Euro with the France team.
2018 world champion with the France team, Corentin Tolisso has kept Didier Deschamps’ confidence for Euro 2020. However, the Bayern Munich midfielder has suffered several injuries this season, the most recent of which was in February. with the rupture of a tendon of the hamstring which made him fear missing the appointment with the Blues. He finally won his race against the clock.
“Above all, I wanted to avoid the operation. I know how complicated it is afterwards. When I have my MRI, the doctors are not sure whether to operate elsewhere. Then they leave the room for thirty. minutes, discuss, come back and tell me the intervention. They tell me that I will take it for three to four months, Tolisso confided on Thursday in an interview with L’Equipe. In my head, I immediately do the calculation and I deduce that for the Euro, it’s over. “
“I see Kingsley bow his head because he’s scared for me”
Corentin Tolisso finally won his bet to come back faster than expected, playing again with Bayern Munich against Freiburg on May 15. Three days later, the former OL player was summoned by Didier Deschamps from a list of 26 to participate in the Euro. An announcement lived with a lot of stress.
“The box of May 18, I ticked it as soon as I knew it, he explains. That day, we were in quarantine with Bayern, to finish the Championship. At the beginning, when Lucas (Hernandez) said to me: ‘We will look at the list together’, I replied that no, I would look at it alone. I was apprehensive. And then, a documentary on Bayern is being made with Amazon, which asked us if we could watch the list together, the four French internationals, with Javi Martinez. I accepted and you can see that I am stressed. “
Then, the good news fell for Corentin Tolisso, last medium called by alphabetical order. “I knew it was in alphabetical order. If I was there, it was in the last. The coach starts with the first names: Paul (Pogba), NG (Kanté), Adrien (Rabiot) … Then when he says Thomas (Lemar), I see Kingsley lower his head because he is afraid for me, tells Tolisso behind the scenes of this announcement. Then it is Moussa Sissoko’s turn and Kingsley lowers his head even more. ‘was dead. Only, we did not know how many midfielders would be called. I knew that I would be the last if I had to be caught. So, as long as I did not see “attackers” written, I believed in it. my name popped up. We exploded with joy. We knew Kingsley, Ben (Pavard) and Lucas would be in it. For me, there were more doubts. “
As a symbol perhaps for Corentin Tolisso, the France team will find Germany on June 15, for its first match of this Euro. The Blues will then play against Hungary and Portugal, title holders of the competition.