the Blues tell their first steps in Qatar

The French team arrived this Wednesday evening in Doha to prepare for the 2022 World Cup. The Blues are therefore putting their title back on the line. But before that, Olivier Giroud and Aurélien Tchouameni lent themselves to the media game since they gave the first press conference this Thursday afternoon, barely a day after their arrival. Not enough to say much about Doha. “To be honest, we’ve only been sleeping since we arrived”, confides, laughing, Aurélien Tchouameni. But the two players were still able to talk about the climatic and reception conditions in Qatar. “I expected worse, more heat. These are great infrastructures, everything is in place to make you feel good. I hope we will stay as long as possible in this hotel”explained the midfielder of Real Madrid.

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Same story from the side of Olivier Giroud who did not seem worried by the stifling heat specific to Doha. “It’s better than playing here in July. It’s still 30 degrees, but it’s a pretty stifling heat. The first match, we have the chance to play late. Later, the staff will make sure that we adapt to the heat. But I remember the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where we played in Brasilia at more than 30 degrees at 1 p.m. against Nigeria.. The AC Milan striker was especially amazed by the reception of the supporters in front of the hotel. Supporters who came mainly from Indian fan clubs. “I was pleasantly surprised. We were well received. We received a great welcome in the hotel lobby. Reminds me of Russia. I didn’t know there were so many Indians supporting us (laughs). It warms our hearts, especially since there are a billion of them.

The specter of injury still looms

After recounting the first hours of the Blues in Doha, the two men returned to the many injuries that affect the France team currently. With the recent withdrawal of Christopher Nkunku, Didier Deschamps loses another interesting player. But we will have to deal with it. This is generally the message that Olivier Giroud wanted to convey. “Paul Pogba will be greatly missed, as will Kanté, Maignan, Kimpembe and Nkunku. We are with them. Paul, by his charisma and his leadership, will be missed, but there are young people who will show themselves. Me, I’m going to play the big brother as I like to do. I’ll speak up when needed.”, explained the striker of the Blues. For his part, Aurélien Tchouameni made a point of explaining that even with injuries, France had a very interesting workforce which could respond. “After the injuries, I can tell you that even like that, we are still feared by certain selections. (…) We have lost executive players, but we have a good pool of players. The objectives remain the same, they have not changed. It is up to the players present to ensure that they are replaced. From the moment Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kanté are not there, we know that there will be questions about the experience etc. It’s up to us to use criticism, what is said around us to motivate ourselves. For me, it’s not extra pressure.”

But the many injuries can affect the group. This Wednesday, it was during a simple training that Christopher Nkunku was injured and was forced to leave the group and therefore say goodbye to the World Cup. Scenes that inevitably affect the heads and which can indirectly lead to a certain management until the World Cup. Even Didier Deschamps obviously calls for caution.“Yes, you have to be careful and give everything on the day of the match. The coach tells us. Then there are imponderables. There is exposure versus injury. You have to train normally, don’t think about it, don’t worry, train as if nothing had happened., details Olivier Giroud. It will actually be necessary to act as if nothing had happened, especially during a World Cup which will therefore be played without preparation. But the Blues now know what to expect just a few days before the first match against Australia.

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