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DOHA, Qatar – France head coach Didier Deschamps has vowed his squad will mount a stout protection of its World Cup title, regardless of the “sad” lack of star ahead Karim Benzema by way of damage.
Benzema, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner after being voted the world’s finest participant in 2021-22, was dominated out by French crew medical doctors late Saturday after being unable to shake off a painful difficulty along with his left quadriceps.
“I am extremely sad for Karim, who made this World Cup a major objective,” Deschamps instructed reporters. “Despite this new blow, I have every confidence in my squad. We are going to do everything to meet the immense challenge that awaits us.”
Benzema scored 44 targets in 46 video games to assist Real Madrid win each the Spanish league title and the Champions League final season, and admitted on the time that his profession would have felt incomplete with out the Ballon d’Or award.
Missing the event in Qatar might be a crushing blow for the in-form ahead, who, at 34, could not get one other alternative. Benzema was not chosen for France’s 2018 triumph, partly as a result of he was beneath investigation concerning a blackmail scandal on the time.
Deschamps’ present squad has already been rocked by accidents to stars Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, plus defender Presnel Kimpembe, which ended the World Cup participation hopes of all three.
France felt it underperformed on the European Championships final 12 months, dropping to Switzerland in a spherical of 16 sport the place Benzema scored twice however the protection caved inexplicably within the closing minutes.
And regardless of the coach’s achievement from 4 years in the past, Deschamps’ job has even been known as into query, along with his former World Cup-winning colleague (from 1998) Zinedine Zidane publicly saying his want to take the place.
All of which provides as much as a sequence of hurdles for Deschamps’ to beat if they’re to hope for a repeat of their scientific surge to the 2018 title. The squad will see motion for the primary time in Group D on Tuesday, the place they are going to be a robust favourite in opposition to Australia (-345 in accordance with FOX Bet odds).
A harder check in opposition to Denmark follows, earlier than wrapping up group motion in opposition to Tunisia on Nov. 30.
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