The prognosis of President Macron on the course of the Blues
When asked about the French squad during an official trip to Thailand, Emmanuel Macron showed great confidence in their chances of victory at the World Cup in Qatar.
“I said and not only out of patriotism that I believe in our Blues, launched the President of the Republic. I think it is playable. I think we have a good team, there is a good renewal like Didier Deschamps did”.
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Suffocating heat and final works
The Doha Corniche is still completely empty, three days before the start of the World Cup. Still work in progress on this cornice with workers finishing off the last details. In the Souq, a little more atmosphere with some Mexicans responding to requests from the media to create some atmosphere in front of the camera. But for the moment very few foreign tourists.
The heat is stifling again. Walking on the ledge becomes very difficult even in the morning. This afternoon, first time in front of the press for the France players – Giroud and Tchouaméni – before an initial training session. At the end of the day, the heat should be less present.
Mexican fans are already hot!
Numerous (about 80,000) are expected in Doha. Mexico’s first game on Tuesday, against Poland.
Messi proclaims his love for Paris
In an interview with Conmebol, Lionel Messi proclaimed his love for Paris nearly a year and a half after signing for PSG.
“I really like Paris, I’m discovering the city and it’s magnificent,” said the Argentine star. There was a big change in the first year. It wasn’t my goal to leave Barça and everything went well. a long time and difficult times, I am happy to live here. My family and I enjoy Paris. Today I like everything, including football.”
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England: Walker sent off for first game
Absent from the field since the beginning of October, it is very likely that Kyle Walker will miss the match against Iran on November 21st. Despite his presence at training for the team led by Gareth Southgate in Doha, the 32-year-old is still not 100% after his groin injury.
“It depends on the manager,” the 70-capped defender recalled for ITV News. I think for the first game it’s a bit too short. But after that I’ll be fine and ready to play.
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Argentina: Messi and his companions have arrived in Qatar
The Argentine selection led by superstar Lionel Messi, one of the favorites for the 2022 World Cup, landed in Qatar this Thursday at 2:30 from Abu Dhabi. Albiceleste, who had beaten the United Arab Emirates 5-0 in a friendly match a few hours earlier, will play against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, in group C which also includes Mexico and Poland.
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Spain: Gaya was injured in training
Injured in the ankle in Spain training, José Gaya could suffer a sprain. The Valencia left-back will not play in Thursday’s friendly against Jordan.
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Valencia’s left wing had to leave training on Wednesday. A suspicion of right ankle sprain has been communicated by the Spanish Federation. Gaya is already out of Spain’s friendly against Jordan on Thursday. The 27-year-old Valencia player competes with Jordi Alba on the left wing of the Spanish defence.
Argentina: several uncertain players including Dybala
After Argentina’s friendly win over the United Arab Emirates (5-0), Lionel Scaloni was not very reassuring. Some of his players are still uncertain about the World Cup in Qatar.
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“I’m not saying that they will be removed from the list, but it is clear that there are players who are not well, because they are not able to play or there is a certain risk. So I cannot guarantee that these “players are well. We must be careful. There are players who have remained on the bench as a precaution” he said in a comment reported by the newspaper La Nacion. The Argentine media agree on the names of three uncertain players: defender Cristian Romero (Tottenham), forward Nico González (Fiorentina) and playmaker Paulo Dybala (AS Roma), while there are also concerns over the form of full-back Nicolas Tagliafico (OL) and midfielder Papu Gómez (Sevilla), who were also out of time on Wednesday.
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