Benzema, great obstacle for the ‘Dembélé showcase’

The Barça It is preparing a transformation of its squad that remains to be seen how far it will go and what names it will affect, but today there are not so many players whose continuity is considered certain. Two of the players about whom there is doubt – different, but doubt – are in the French team: Antoine Griezmann Y Ousmane Dembélé. Due to the desire to remodel the Barça dressing room, the former would have more numbers to leave the Camp Nou than the latter, but the contractual situation of Dembélé, with a single year signed ahead, puts Barça in an uncomfortable position in his case. On the one hand, he wants to extend his contract to regain control over the future of the winger, but if the player continues to put off that possibility, it would be normal business to consider a transfer this summer. In this context, Eurocup It is proposed as an excellent showcase to ‘exhibit’ Dembélé, who was just 24 years old. However, a distorting element has emerged in that plan: the surprise call for Karim Benzema to return to the ‘bleu’ national team six years after being excluded as a result of his conflict with the coach Didier deschamps as a result of the ‘Valbuena Case’.

Karim Benzema has not seen ‘bleu’ since 2015

You just have to see how the French press celebrates this Wednesday the return of September 9 Real Madrid to the selection to augur that Benzema already has a guaranteed position in the alignments. In case there was any doubt about it, Deschamps himself left a great headline when he justified the play-off for the best Real Madrid striker: “France is now better with Benzema.” The French footballers union has just chosen Benzema as the best national footballer who plays outside of Ligue 1, after a season in which he has scored 29 goals and eight assists as a merengue. With 81 caps and 27 goals on his resume, Benzema is back to being important.

That play-off comes at a bad time for Dembélé, who in Deschamps’s eyes had regained part of the faith he lost in him. Last March, on the 11th of Barça he dressed again in ‘bleu’ for the first time since November 2018. You just have to remember what Deschamps de Dembélé said when he signed for Barça. “This is behavior that is not acceptable. Point. Got him in trouble Borussia Dortmund, his teammates and also our national team. I couldn’t call him a year ago for qualifiers because he wasn’t training, ”Deschamps said then. After leaving injuries behind and signing his most regular season as a culé, with eleven goals and five assists, Dembélé was ‘forgiven’ and cited for France’s matches in March against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia, scoring a goal, the third in 23 internationalities. So he did get good words from Deschamps. “Ousmane has chained matches, he has recovered his form and his ability to make a difference, to score goals. He has recovered the level he had, ”praised the coach.

But the prospect of shining in the Euro is clearly complicated by the entry of Benzema, which exponentially increases the already stiff competition in France’s attack. The cast removes the hiccups: Kingsley Coman (Bayern), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Antoine Griezmann (Barça), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) and Ousmane Dembélé (Barça) himself.

The French press is already speculating on how to fit in so much talent and, surprise, it doesn’t all fit together. Remember that Olivier giroud, a starter in the successful 2018 World Cup, has lost role by playing only eight times as a starter in the Chelsea Y Wissam Ben Yedder, despite his 19 goals in Ligue 1 with the Monaco, does not have the blind faith of Deschamps in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 that also hurts the extreme explosive Kingsley Coman. In this plan, Dembélé appears a priori as an agitator, a punctual revulsive.

The press dreams of the Griezmann-Benzema-Mbappé trio

Above, it is already taken for granted that there will be initially Kylian Mbappé, for being the great rising star, with Benzema, because they have gone looking for him for something, and Griezmann, for his well-earned hierarchy since Euro 2016 with 35 goals in 89 games, ratified with two goals in the last three games for France, against Ukraine and Bosnia. “On paper, a trio that all coaches would dream of leading,” emphasized France Football about that attack formed by Griezmann, Benzema and Mbappé.