Between business (Pogba, FFF…), bickering (Mbappé, Neymar…) and the plan-plan championship, Daniel Riolo, a figure of After Foot, makes an uncompromising assessment of the start of the season for the French soccer.
PSG in the lead, PSG heading towards the title, nothing new in L1. It’s a bit like playing poker and starting every hand with AA. Inevitably, the outcome is often the same. After eight days, we had been announced a revolution. Galtier in Che Guevara and Luis Campos in Fidel Castro, PSG had to change from floor to ceiling. For the moment, we are rather on a Claude François refrain, “I get up and I jostle you”… as usual.
The game is based on the goodwill of the stars and currently, they want to move in the right direction. Neymar, upset, advances pride over the shoulder. Messi works, but in L1 that’s enough. Only Mbappé sulks. He stayed in the project, except it’s not the one he was told about in the spring. It seems that there was never any question of Neymar leaving, but Campos… talks about a duplicate in the same position! It’s crazy how little noise this declaration made in the end. No, the big deal is Galtier’s 3-43! Oh invention! It’s Leonardo da Vinci at the Camp des Loges. We must therefore rejoice since all is well. We just changed GO and for coaching, however, we will come back later. As per usual.
“From Tuesday to Thursday, we plunge back into mediocrity”
Behind, four teams are running at more than two points per game. Despite the draw against Rennes, OM made a very good start to the season. New coach, new players, the puzzle is in place and the lead over historical direct competitors is comfortable. We can be choosy and wonder if it will last, if it will last… But what’s the point? We did that for a season last year. It is true that by starting the project from scratch every summer, it does not really lead to certainties. Anyway, our L1 does not offer any. To no one.
Rennes feasted last season, and passed the baton to Lorient. Lyon, Monaco, disappoint and despair their supporters. The only team that is progressing and seems to be part of a sustainable process is Lens. We want to see them in the European Cup now. Just to believe naively that it would change something in our sad middle weeks. Year after year, we are sinking into the most total nullity at the continental level. We always believe that we will get out of it, especially since we no longer get bored watching the L1, but no! From Tuesday to Thursday, we plunge back into mediocrity.
“There will soon be no more words to describe what the direction of the FFF is”
The mediocrity, the FFF frequents it on a daily basis. In fact, it’s even worse. There will soon be no more words to describe what the direction of this Federation is. While waiting for Deschamps to build his list for the World Cup between injured players and players retained with their lawyers, we therefore learn that Mbappé refuses to participate in the commercial operations of the FFF. It is not for lack of having warned that there was a problem. It has been four years now that the player’s family has indicated that they want to review the image rights agreement. At this point, I don’t care who is right or wrong, what does the boss do? Or the boss? Le Graët and Hardouin let the file rot, which exploded in their face today.
The other much more scandalous file that they did not deal with is that of the Hamraoui affair. For months, this player has been dragged through the mud. She was the bad guy and Diallo the good guy. Today, the investigation showed the opposite and Diallo is in prison. But the scandal is that from a source close to the case, the FFF knew before the summer that the story was not the one told for months! Why didn’t the leaders say anything? Because there was the Women’s Euro and because players like Diani and Katoto were open supporters of Diallo. It’s a huge scandal and a shame when you know what Hamraoui went through! In addition to the FFF, it should also be noted that the PSG has washed its hands of this affair.
In two months, there is the World Cup in Qatar, and there again, so as not to offend anyone, we are going to keep the Le Graët-Hardouin duo in place? Our football really wants to fall even lower?