Deschamps full of praise after Theo Hernandez’s France debut: “He showed a lot of good things”

By Akhil Prasad -

France manager Didier Deschamps bestowed words of great praise for Milan left back Theo Hernandez after his debut last night.

It was a long time coming, but Theo finally broke his duck for his country in a senior game as he provided an assured performance in the slightly less familiar wing-back role in Les Bleus’ 2-0 victory over Finland in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Antoine Griezmann was the star of the show with the brace but Hernandez’s display did not go unnoticed by the former World Cup winner, who opted for a 3-4-1-2 formation, allowing the full back to show his full potential as part of the midfield four.

After the match, Deschamps praised Theo’s performance in a press conference (via Football Italia): “Theo has attacking abilities, despite the fact that Milan deploy him in the back four. As always, I try to put my players in the best position and in that role, he can exploit these skills.”

This was the 23-year-old’s first call up to the French senior squad.

“He’s fresh and in his first game, he showed a lot of good things,” said Deschamps.

The former Real Madrid full back has appeared 83 times for Milan since joining from Madrid – scoring 15 goals and assisting 14 times so far.

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    1. Because his older brother plays at the position. As a more experienced player with tons of trophies he gets call ups. Recently he got injured and it freed a slot for Theo.

      1. His older brother can also play in the back three. Still, Theo should have been called earlier as a deputy. It affected them at the EURO when you used Rabiot in that position

    2. Didn’t really need him as they had great coverage but he can be a weapon in attack and deschamps is a smart coach, theo’s time has come

  1. It was smart to use him as a mid. He is not a defensive player.
    I wonder if we can go with 3 defs and let Calabria and Theo do the job in the middle. They both are very good at joining attacks.

    1. If Milan really wanted to play with 3 centre backs then they should have hired the best suited manager for it. All coaches have different preferences and tastes. Why to blame Pioli all the time? He’s getting us results we wanted till the 2013-14 season.

  2. I’ve been saying for a while 3 man backline with Theo and Calabria as wing backs is perfect for us. Also uses Florenzi better too when he subs on and eliminates some weaknesses (our wingers). Just waiting for the great papa pioli to realize this.

    1. True brother, he never played with three centre backs in his life. So, why do some of us fans want to put pressure on him if he is bringing us results? We are all Milan family and we should back our coach.

    2. Pls what are you saying????

      If Antonio Conte was AC Milan Coach last season, then AC Milan not INTER will be scudetto champions.

      Pioli have never won and he prooved it again at Milan.

      Mancini started winning trophies since from Florentine to Lazio and to everywhere

      1. So you better cheers another big club, bro, Milan is about to build up their team after 6-7 years disaster, last year is a beginning, let’s support more this year, stop blaming management, coach or even players!

  3. regardless that some of you and deschamps want to utilize him as a left mid then theo has actually said previously that he prefers to play as a back because it suits his long runs more than being pushed further up the field from the start..

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