Who else than Adil Rami to ship crisp brief portraits of his world champion mates? When requested in mid-October, the defender of Troyes first replied that he had “mentioned all the things” in regards to the Russian marketing campaign. After an hour of all the time tasty confidences, the previous Blue (36 choices) realized that he nonetheless had some beneath the only.
Hugo Lloris: “The least talkative however essentially the most listened to”
He’s a captain who speaks little however that is higher as a result of the much less talkative can also be essentially the most listened to. When he has one thing to say, he is aware of the right way to discover the proper phrases and ship a good speech that earns him everybody’s respect. With Paul [Pogba] who tends to boost his voice, we had two complementary methods of addressing the group. Hugo is a superb skilled whose longevity ought to be applauded. We celebrated just a few birthdays collectively as a result of he was born on December 26, I used to be born on December 27. With Olivier Giroud and him, we met in a restaurant in Monaco, one other time in Cannes. We noticed one another once more some time in the past.
Benjamin Pavard: “We went by confinement collectively”
Jeff Tuche, my favourite. He appreciated my character on social networks and in addition the hint I left in Lille, the place he began. To study that he was very depressed throughout confinement, it touches me and it surprises me: I used to be in hassle in Russia [à Sotchi] and by way of the Houseparty app I organized quite a lot of chats with a number of well-known folks and ladies. He got here too, out of problem. So, we spent the confinement collectively, from a distance. In these moments, I did not see him depressed in any respect. When he did his magic trick in opposition to Argentina [4-3] and that he got here in direction of me on the bench, that made me blissful.
Raphaël Varane: “You make a mistake, he covers you”
Exemplary motion. You make a mistake, he covers you; you’re late on an motion, it returns to 250 km/h. Clear and quiet. Within the group, nobody bothers him and he would not trouble anybody. I wrote to him initially of the season as a result of I used to be unhappy that he did not begin at Manchester United: “Brother, energy to you, you’re a nice defender. » It is true, nobody understood Maguire’s alternative for him. Raphaël answered me kindly however with out writing a single phrase in opposition to his teammate. He has remained humble regardless of having a monstrous CV.
Lucas Hernandez: “A pit bull”
His I do not care facet in life contrasts with what he turns into on the sphere: a pit bull. Together with his Spanish blood, he’s by no means afraid. He won’t ever be criticized for lack of dedication. I all the time noticed him 100% as a machine. However he is additionally a wholesome man who says what he thinks with out ever making an attempt to affect anybody within the locker room. Between us, it has all the time been with out filter.
Antoine Griezmann: “So vicious…”
In coaching, I watched him like milk on fireplace as a result of he is a wise man, Antoine, he feels the blows like nobody else. He sneaks round, so vicious. Have you learnt that he has top-of-the-line heading video games within the France workforce? It could appear unusual as a result of he’s not tall [1,73 mètre], however he has the perfect timing and positioning. At Euro 2016, after I dropped the decisive heart in opposition to Albania, it was regular for him. The defenders don’t suspect it so he can shock them. Within the recreation, a deviation is sufficient for him to unbalance all the opposing workforce. I had discovered the trick to harass him: glue him to forestall him from shifting his kid’s physique. The melee was my solely likelihood. However, he all the time made me wrestle in La Liga.
Olivier Giroud: “He might be one of many French legends”
I do know higher than anybody its bodily impression as a result of in Russia I caught with it in all of the coaching periods. I used to be kicking him however he was stable. We caught a unfavourable picture on him as a result of he did not rating a objective throughout this ultimate part however that does not change my opinion: he might be one of many French legends. Every little thing he has performed deserves respect. He isn’t in any respect the typical participant that some are decided to denigrate. I’m not a coach however, as soon as once more, we needed to take it: ship balls into the realm and let Giroud combat. Within the air, it is a machine.
Ousmane Dembélé: “What else is he going to invent? »
What he does with the ball may be very uncommon: intuition speaks, square-cross, like on the PlayStation. His ball dealing with with each ft is complicated. And while you ask him if he is right-handed or left-handed and he replies that he would not care, it is hilarious. As quickly as he touches the ball, you say to your self: “Wow, what else is he going to invent?” » In 2018, he missed the style of struggling. I hope he has made progress on this side as a result of to win a World Cup, you need to make an effort. If he realized from his errors, the reference to Griezmann or Mbappé might be fantastic.
Kylian Mbappé: “He hasn’t discovered himself but”
It should not be straightforward for him to know if he made the proper alternative between PSG and Actual Madrid. I suggested him not way back to kind out the egos round him. At Barça, Messi was surrounded by nice gamers who tailored, Xavi, Iniesta or Pedro. In return, he performed for them. Luis Campos informed me over lunch: “The toughest half is constructing an amazing workforce with as little ego as attainable. » Within the France workforce, I discover that he’s not supported sufficient. We have now to play for him, like Portugal began taking part in for Cristiano Ronaldo. Furthermore, CR7 received his first Ballon d’Or at 23, the age of Kylian, however he was not but the one he later turned at Actual. You may say what you need in regards to the athletic monster that’s Kylian or about his velocity of execution, however he has not discovered himself solely but. We have now to assist him.