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Our man in Russia: “It is understandable that players would rather not hit a plateau appearing’

The latest updates about the Red Devils of our reporter in Russia.

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Match day 2 for the Red Devils who started this morning, trained with Thomas Vermaelen in a blue jacket, and that is the first time since their arrival here in Sochi. In any case that we saw, because also yesterday on their day off from exercising a number of Red Devils. If one of these days – tomorrow’s normal – Vincent Kompany, according to plan, also makes its appearance, is the group full.

Vermaelen in the base against England – let alone Saturday against Tunisia – will have to be quick. Finally, dating back to his last appearance in La Liga already on 13 may and that is five weeks ago. Then Kompany, which is a part of the oefencampagne experienced including practice matches, much further. Risks he will not take it, but go there but that the match against England absolutely will not want to miss.

This morning was Thomas Meunier, one of the two Devils (the other was Youri Tielemans), with the press talking. As the contest comes closer diving are also some more international media. Fox Sports was here, some French, a Mexican…

Notable: the cool that Tielemans everything approached. He knows, as the youngest Devil, that he is one of the spearheads of the new generation. Certainly now there be, at the end of this tournament, a number of boys their farewell going to announce. Dembélé suggested it yesterday already, during one of his scarce media performances (‘Nothing is fixed, but ask me after the tournament even once) and perhaps Fellaini something similar.

Then Williams, now experience opdoend at AS Monaco, is clearly eligible for an acquisition of a central role, alongside Kevin De Bruyne. Its strengths: a lot more verticality in his football that, for example, Dembélé. And a shot distance. Disadvantage: irregulariteit, normal at that age at that level.

Meunier had it this morning yet again about the ambitions of this generation, that is sharp, has a large sense of belonging and is ready to go far. ‘This and the next tournament is of paramount importance’, according to the right-hand rear, on whose body the 3-4-3 written seems. An ideal system, the right rear of PSG, if the opponent with a striker playing. The Tunisians to do that, the British will also. What then follows, we do see, but if the Devils will soon be two attackers against themselves, they have to get a defense with four, said the Belgian.

Social media

Yesterday we were shocked of the impact that the interview with Meunier, in Sport/Voetbalmagazine had on the social media. This is what he said: ‘… Now go away to PSG would make me leave with the feeling that certain things are not finished. If I leave, I want to be able to say: I have done what had to be, and have worked well. All won.. So I say now: why not have a few years in Paris?…’

But everything depended/depends of course on the plan of Tüchel, the new coach and the ambition of the Parisians (winning the Champions League) to achieve. It went viral, his words. This led to titles such as ‘Meunier put Tuchel knife on the throat’, or ‘Alert, Meunier wants to get away at PSG’, etc..

It is for that peace to keep, that Roberto Martínez doesn’t want his players about their team talk. No commotion, no out of hand interpretations from second hand, third hand, or bad translations, whatever.

In the French camp, they know all of. When Antoine Griezmann is still no clarity was provided about his longer stay at Atlético and for the press was brought, demanded the perschef that every question in French was made. A Spaniard, that the language did not speak, turned to google translate on his phone. This led to great hilarity, well for Griezmann.

Sometimes, we understand that players would rather not hit a plateau appear…

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