10:15 pm, June 4, 2022
After we met Lucas Hernandez, on Monday afternoon in Clairefontaine, he was nonetheless the Blues’ fortunate appeal, unbeaten since his first choice, in March 2018 towards Colombia (2-3). His brother Théo, who joined him within the nationwide crew final September, had not but misplaced. This time he suffered towards Denmark, which cooled the Stade de France (1-2). A defeat that does not take away the 2 brothers’ dream of taking part collectively within the World Cup in Qatar. The 26-year-old Bayern Munich defender is in no hurry, very conscious of the fragility of issues. After the collective hiccup on Friday, the League of Nations continues on Monday in Croatia.
What stays of the 2018 World Cup remaining towards Croatia?
Many occasions have occurred since then, however the reminiscence is undamaged. Recorded for all times. 4 years have handed, I’m a unique man, a father. On the sector, my thoughts not escapes prefer it used to. With maturity, my focus improves.
Do you continue to have a look at the listing with the uncertainty of being there or not?
Each time I am in entrance of the TV. Younger persons are pushing laborious and soccer goes quick. A change can occur at any time. I attempt to keep robust to justify your belief. It’s going to ultimately cease, however not for lengthy, I hope.
You and your younger Theo are significantly snug within the 3-5-2 adopted by Didier Deschamps. by likelihood?
In the future in coaching he tried a line of three defenders. I feel he had the concept in thoughts for some time. With this method, we expertise nice happiness within the League of Nations. On the piston, when he takes the ball ahead, Theo freaks out. It is his favourite position. And me, on the left axis, is my place with Bayern. So it fits us completely.
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Are you stunned that he masters his topic so shortly?
At almost 25, he is aware of what he is doing and the place he is going. Each he and I made errors. The principle factor is to do them solely as soon as. After we performed with the youth of Atlético de Madrid, we needed to turn out to be professionals with out imagining that we might attain this excessive. We work laborious, however it stays unimaginable. Théo has simply received Serie A with Milan, the place I really feel he’s very blissful; I am in three Bundesliga. Think about our mom’s delight. She should broaden the small museum, at her home in Madrid, the place she retains the reminiscences of our careers. Now I hope we each get referred to as up for the World Cup. I am already fascinated with it.
In coaching, do you ask to decelerate towards Karim Benzema or Kylian Mbappé?
Unimaginable to consider it throughout intense periods as a result of I like to provide it my all. However the remainder of the time, we’re a bit of extra cautious. We’re teammates above all else, it could be silly to harm them and lose them for an necessary match. Above all, it’s an honor to work with gamers of this degree. We discovered so much from them. Take a look at Karim: he has a novel file and but he has the ambition to win and the will to enhance. I like you for that. I do know he’ll move his want on to us as a result of the World Cup holds such an enormous place in his head.
Have you ever comforted Antoine Griezmann, preventing with Atletico?
We exchanged a bit of bit when he received harm as a result of I used to be there. He by no means knew about it. Alternatively, in his high quality, there’s nothing to say. Everyone knows what a participant he’s. He is had a tricky season, however his motivation is undamaged.
Taking part in 60-70 matches is feasible for one season, not two
Who’s the very best striker you’ve got confronted this season: Haaland, Nkunku…?
Lewandowski. On the floor it’s distinctive. It is among the finest with Karim [Benzema] which, in a unique type, is way more full. He is been enjoying for Bayern for eight years, I perceive completely nicely that he needs to vary the tradition or the nation. We get alongside nice, so if he leaves, I want him the very best. And if we play one another, good luck to him.
In Julian Nagelsmann’s first season, Bayern have been inconsistent. A season to neglect?
Elimination within the Champions League [en quart face à Villarreal] it harm us so much. Within the first a part of the season, other than the defeat within the Cup towards Mönchengladbach (5-0), we had been great. Nagelsmann has very clear concepts. He is aware of precisely what he expects from us: two days earlier than a match, he exhibits us on video how we should always assault and the way the opponent will assault us. He offers us time to orient ourselves. All gamers are very proud of him. I hope we’re extra constant subsequent season.
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The world footballers union may be very involved in regards to the infernal cadences. Is your physique on edge typically?
Taking part in 60-70 video games is feasible for one season, not two. Or accidents occur. I had two large ones that prevented me from persevering with throughout my first two years at Bayern [entre 2019 et 2021]. We’re used to enjoying each recreation scheduled, however we additionally want holidays to relaxation, days off to consider different issues throughout the season. Once you play 3 times per week, you not need to watch matches. Bodily you’ll be able to sustain, however within the head it is troublesome. Many gamers undergo troublesome occasions.
When Qatar returns in December, the Bundesliga could have a month off. Elsewhere, the resumption will happen simply ten days after the ultimate. Harmful ?
Sure, it is inexplicable. A month off is regular. I would really like different international locations to observe Germany’s instance, the place there’s a variety of concern in regards to the situation of gamers. At Bayern, when you want a day or two to breathe, no downside. In case of an issue, we’re not obliged to play. Docs and physiotherapists actually maintain us.