GdS: Theo plays 90 minutes for France; Musah impresses in a different role

By Oliver Fisher -

Theo Hernandez played a full 90 minutes for France last night against Germany, showing that his calf is back to 100% after an injury scare.

La Gazzetta dello Sport write that Didier Deschamps was not going to start Theo in the game between France and Germany in Dortmund (final score 2-1 for the Germans), but he changed his mind and deployed him from the start.

This swept away any residual doubts about the condition of his calf in view of the derby after he suffered a knock on Thursday against Ireland, which was enough to make him miss a couple of training sessions.

His performance was quite subdued as he got criticism from L’Equipe (5) and Le Parisien (5.5). Theo covered well but – apart from a few ideas at the start of the second half – he got forward little compared to his usual standards.

The situation is different for Musah, who will sit on the bench on Saturday afternoon against Inter, but who also confirmed to Pioli the positive signs seen in the friendly against Oman during last night’s 4-0 win for the USA against Uzbekistan.

Musah was again deployed by coach Berhalter – this time for the entire match – in the centre of the three-man midfield, between McKennie and Tillman, where he performed well.

Pioli, in addition to Adli, could really have found an extra option when Krunic is either not able to play or could do with some work load management.

Tags AC Milan Christian Pulisic Mike Maignan theo hernandez Yunus Musah


    1. That didn’t happen. He had 11 recoveries in the game, that means he won possession not lost it. This is spoken as someone who actually watched the game.

    1. Meaningless for you. This guy fought hard to enter the national team and is now a major player on it, he wants to play every game as a starter, that’s it. And Germany is a historic foe. He wouldn’t play if he was injured, Deschamps needs him for future Euro qualifying games.

      This guy is a beast, able to play 90 minutes every three days, he’s rarely injured, what a blessing that we have him. He played average yesterday, without Mbappé to combine, but most of the French players were bad.

      1. Oh so Mbappe didn’t play? Was he injured and training away from the team all week? Lucas didn’t play either. Good thing they rested….

        1. That’s coach decision, with all that it implies in France (public and politic pressure notably). Deschamps tried a different formation. Maybe he wanted to check if the team is really addicted to Mbappé. Lucas didn’t play because Deschamps tried his substitutes in central defense (Todibo and Saliba).

          In the case of Théo, there is no other left back in this team. Lucas played there sometimes, when the defense was four men. Now it’s more of three men, with Théo almost as a winger and Lucas doesn’t have the profile. Camavinga was his substitute at the World Cup but he was starting the game in midfield.

          Maybe you tried to imply that Deschamps is a secret Inter fan and he’s trying to ruin Théo before the derby. Maybe he tried to break his knees during his sleep. I don’t know what you’re trying to exhibit.

          1. Dude I want our only LB and arguably top 3 player on the roster to be perfectly healthy in the derby. How is that whining? He trained separately because he hurt his calf. Then, plays a full 90min and just 72 hours before this match. It was a friendly against Germany, key word friendly. Mbappe and Lucas sat, Theo should have sat as well.

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