Absent and a big question: Is there a virus at the Hôtel des Bleus? “No no no“, Jules Koundé sweeps in front of the press after France-Morocco (2-0), before slipping away from the journalists.”They are okay“, the defender had assured laconically a little earlier, about Upamecano and Rabiot, ill. The player from Bayern Munich remained on the bench, while the midfielder from Juventus Adrien Rabiot did not even take the bus with the team to go to al-Bayt Stadium.
Coach Didier Deschamps said little more, saying that after a grueling contest, “we’re a little more sensitive to anything that might be viral“.”The temperatures have dropped quite a bit, the air conditioning is on full blast. There are febrile states. We are all paying attention. We take precautions, we adapt. Anything viral can be transmitted. We took precautions so that there was no contact with Dayot, and the same for Adrien“, added the coach at a press conference.
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Half word, “DD” admits the possibility of a virus circulating in the base camp of the Blues, but “without thinking about anything else“. In the cave, the coach wants to talk about Covid-19, very present in Doha, especially among the journalists who came to follow the competition. This hypothesis was swept away by a source close to the Blues on Tuesday. FIFA no longer requires teams to perform screening tests.
“We are more attentive”
If Theo Hernandez assures that “Nothing has changed“within Blues on health measures, Aurélien Tchouaméni ensures the opposite.We are more careful, there is more hydroalcoholic gel on the tables, we hope that everyone stays healthy for the next match, because it is a final and we want to have all our forces present.said the Real Madrid midfielder.
“Dayot was there, available, not quite 100% and that’s why he didn’t start the game. He had three complicated days, although he was able to make an effort. He was feverish, affecting the muscular aspect in in relation to evening requirements“, Didier Deschamps extended at a press conference.
As for Rabiot,he fell ill a little later. He was better this afternoon, but not enough, so he stayed at the hotel not to take any risks. It should logically be available by Sunday“in the final against Argentina. The two players who were absent from collective training on Tuesday are not the only ones affected.”Kingsley Coman also had a slight fever in the afternoon“, admitted Deschamps, justifying the fact that he had not brought in the right wing, logical understudy of Ousmane Dembélé, on Wednesday.
Blues management had been vague in recent days about the exact nature of the illness, which affects certain members of the group. Deputy Guy Stéphan mentioned “a cold schnapps“at Fifa’s microphone before the match, but”nothing serious“. When asked, Randal Kolo Muani was also somewhat said. “Worried? No not at all!” he answered.Dayot was on the bench, he is doing very well“.
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