Kolo Muani, the big warning from Deschamps


By: Manu Tournoux

Retained by Didier Deschamps in the list of 23 Blues to face Germany and Chile, Randal Kolo Muani will have to play more at PSG if he wants to compete in Euro 2024.

Randal Kolo Muani can take a breather. While some imagined Didier Deschamps doing without him for this first gathering of the year, the PSG striker is indeed in the list of 23 players selected for the two friendly matches against Germany (March 23 in Lyon ) and Chile (March 26 in Marseille). A big relief, we imagine, for the Parisian.

“RKM” has actually seen his playing time decrease in recent weeks under the orders of Luis Enrique and could therefore fear being zapped by the Blues coach. Three months before Euro 2024, the blow would have been tough. But his presence in the group convened this Thursday by “DD” does not mean that his place on the plane for this summer is guaranteed.

Deschamps’ appeal to Luis Enrique

Invited to comment on the management of Kylian Mbappé by the Catalan technician in the capital, the French coach took the opportunity to express his concern about the playing time of the former Nantes player, very often left on the sidelines by the coach of Paris Saint Germain. “If he could give Kolo Muani more playing time…” thus slipped Didier Deschamps.

The Blues coach said it, he already has in mind “a hard core of around twenty players” for the European Nations Championship. Is Randal Kolo Muani one of them? For now yes. But if he doesn’t play more by June, the situation could change. “It’s already happened to him or to other players”recalled the 1998 and 2018 world champion.

The previous Giroud

“Olivier Giroud, when he was at Chelsea, it was very, very complicated. Dayot Upamecano, it’s the same for him (at Bayern)he added, as if to reassure the Rouge et Bleu striker, who arrived last summer from Frankfurt. Afterwards, there is the confidence that I can place in the players. They can all have difficult periods. I take these circumstances into account. »

For “DD”, the 26-year-old striker does not necessarily have to be a starter in his club to stay in blue. ” It means nothinghe said. But to have confidence, you obviously have to have playing time.” A threat to be taken seriously for Randal Kolo Muani, whose versatility in the three offensive positions is still appreciated by the Bayonnais.

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