“There is no conflict to be had with anyone. »Didier Deschamps masters the art of diplomacy to perfection. Especially when it comes to the delicate subject of the health of one of its major players. The summons to the France team of Kylian Mbappé, absent from PSG’s last two games due to a pain in the right thigh, has somewhat annoyed within the Parisian club. But as for Neymar, gone to join the selection of Brazil, the employer of a player can not oppose the convening of an international. Even if this last one travels only to have his injury noted with the doctor in his country.
Such a case does not happen, however, almost never again, in particular thanks to a collaboration between the various medical staffs, most of the time, quite fluid. Upstream, exchanges of information and images (radios and MRI) are frequent. They make it possible to confirm the diagnoses and remove ambiguities. Enough to temper the balance of power in an arm wrestling where each defends contradictory interests. “Kylian is in the hands of the medical staff who have already proven their competence,” Deschamps recalled on Monday as if to whistle the end of the debates and recall that he was the master on board.
Because if the Parisian club communicated this week on the fact that Kylian Mbappé “will continue his individual care and training with the France team in close collaboration with the medical staff of PSG”, it is indeed the tricolor management that takes full in hand the work of the players once the Clairefontaine portal has been crossed. According to a method now well established since 2012 and the arrival of Deschamps at the head of the Blues.
“We are responsible enough”
Unlike the preparation for a big competition which begins systematically with a large wave of physical and physiological tests to assess the state of the players and schedule an individual follow-up, an ordinary rally does not include specific examinations. The first day thus only allows Deschamps to discuss with his players – “What is most important” according to the coach – and to discuss the nature of the sessions with his assistant Guy Stéphan and Cyril Moine, the physical trainer of the Blues since 2019.
Monday training is thus particularly thorough for players who have not played or played little at the weekend. For the latter, the clubs can sometimes send information on the content or intensity of the last sessions. However, without providing specific data collected in clubs, in particular thanks to the GPS that players now wear permanently. These figures, the France team collects for its part via its video cell which uses professional software analyzing all international matches. To this quantified database (playing time, distances covered, number of passes, shots, etc.), a more empirical dimension is added based on observation. Deschamps, Guy Stéphan and Franck Raviot, the goalkeeper coach, thus supervise all the matches of the fifty or so players likely to make up the France team.
Work usually carried out in part in stadiums but which the Covid-19 pandemic now limits to television screens. With the dialogue – Deschamps does not hesitate to contact his players and in particular his executives – this analysis “by eye” is particularly taken into account when defining the playing times of each, including the details observed during the sessions. that precede the matches. Choices that the coach takes in his soul and conscience. Because if DD recognizes “exchanges” with the clubs on the subject, they are in fact very limited, the constraints of the club coaches being in essence often contradictory with those of the selection. “The objective is to protect the players,” Deschamps recalls. We are responsible enough. “
The format of this second rally in a row to three games also particularly urges vigilance when the players already recognize sticking out their tongue at seven weeks before the break. The staff of the Blues therefore refrains from playing the three games in full to the same player. The opportunity to spare them while giving play time to the whole group.
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