We do not know if Anthony Martial has already seen Claude Lelouch's films. But if the Mancunian had to see one, it would not necessarily "route a spoiled child." He had, however, in August 2015, left Monaco at 19 years to the north of England for more than 60 million euros. In the Lelouchian universe, "Leaving, coming back" would best marry the curves of his destiny among the Blues.
As announced, the latter, for the benefit of the injury of Thomas Lemar, returns to the French team for the games against the Netherlands (League of Nations), then Uruguay (friendly), 16 and 20 November. This return comes eight months after his last stay in Clairefontaine and an eighteenth selection against Russia (1-3).
At the time, there were still places to take among the future stars, but Martial had not managed to win one. It was not the first time he had not seized the chance offered by Deschamps. And the coach could also get tired or have cramps from stretching his hand in the air.
A new maturity
In September 2016 already, the native of Massy (Essonne) had alternated, under the eyes of Deschamps, the good and the mediocre. Excellent in Bari friendly against Italy (3-1), he was then indolent and annoying in official match in Belarus (0-0). After a new delivery without relief in the Netherlands (1-0) a month later, he waited a year to return to the French team before, therefore, to miss the train for the World Cup.
Deschamps appreciates the physical power and speed of the former Monegasque. But it is even more annoying of its irregularity and its inability to chain, without falling of tension, the months at the very high level.
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In Manchester too, José Mourinho has long been irritated to see him delight in a position of intermittent spectacle. But since the beginning of the season, it displays solid statistics. Before the derby against City Sunday, for his 150th game in the Reds, he has already scored six goals in the Premier League this season. And he has scored at least once in his last four league games.
Deschamps remains wary
"Today, what he's doing with Manchester is closer to what he can do regularly in terms of investment and efficiency," says Deschamps. He is acquiring, I hope, a certain maturity and it shows on the ground. He begins to gain importance in club. "
But a scalded Deschamps also fears relapse and remains suspicious. "He has incredible potential and does not always see it regularly. He may have had some concentration swings. He has to fight this all season long. And most of all, if he plays against the Dutch or the Uruguayans, he will be out of the game. The result of his destiny in Blue is not yet written. But it could be inspired by the repertoire of Claude Lelouch: "the beautiful story" or "All that … for that! "