After the announcement of Karim Benzema coming back to the France national team, Didier Deschamps revealed his reasoning.
For Didier Deschamps, not having Karim Benzema is a generational group of players for the upcoming Euros was a true tragedy. Fortunately, he saw reason and decided to sit down with the player in order to put their differences in the past. Although we might never know what they discussed, the manager revealed they did talk about the upcoming Euros.
Contrary to what the critics think, Deschamps confirmed he called Karim to make him play in the tournament. If France wasn’t already considered the favorite to win the title, they get a massive boost with one of the best strikers of the last decade. This team of France has possibly the most impressive number of talents we’ve seen in a single squad. Not even Zidane’s France had these many great players on the roster. Deschamps proves he has big guns by calling up to eight forwards to the tournament.
Deschamps is happy to have Benzema back.
In an interview on TF1, Deschamps responded to the questions about Benzema’s return: “I can’t say what we discussed. The most important thing is that he is back and we did speak in order to reach this decision. This is what matters the most. I won’t give any details about the decision. It will stay between the two of us because we needed to talk face to face. I’ve faced complicated situations with other players in the past but I believe France is above anything else, it doesn’t belong to me.
“Having to choose between all these great players is part of what we need to do. Of course I won’t offer any details about it. About Benzema’s role, we can get a wonderful starting eleven with him on the team as we would with other options. There are so many to choose from. I believe everything is easier with quality, intelligence, and talent. I do love attacking players and that’s why we picked eight forwards. There’s a tough group we need to play. We all need to have ambition, be competitive, and give our best. Everybody wants to get far in the tournament and win it.”