Qatar or Burgundy? Ghanaian defender Gideon Mensah will find out on Monday if he is selected for the world Cup . His country is one of eight that have yet to reveal their list. If he was left out, the workforce of Auxerre, his club, would be complete for the internship scheduled in Spain. Five other Ligue 1 teams (Reims, Strasbourg, Troyes, Ajaccio, Lorient) have not selected any.
To date, half a dozen elite residents have booked a training camp beyond the Pyrenees. The distance-weather ratio is ideal. ” It is important to have pleasant temperatures and vitamin D “, justifies the president of Lille, Olivier Létang, who will not miss it either in the academies of Africa that he will visit. Paulo Fonseca, the coach of Losc, was used to these long mid-season internships in the sun when he coached Chakhtar Donetsk (2016-2019), the Ukrainian championship interrupting from December to February.
The Niçois will have a busy schedule when they return from Spain on December 11: physical preparation in summer mode and four friendly matches, including one at home against Atalanta Bergamo, Serie A cador. During the fortnight of holidays, they will have followed an individualized program. The goal? Be ready as soon as the resumption against Lens, on December 28. The first match of a series of five in eighteen days. Everywhere, physical trainers have worked on the gradual increase in workloads.
Longoria and Galtier will go to Doha
This will not be the truce for everyone. Two Fifa dates are on the calendar on November 16 and 20. Thus, the Italians of PSG (Marco Verratti and Gianluigi Donnarumma) will join the Nazionale to face Albania and Austria. In addition, the reserves will play normally, allowing the pros to talk in National 2 or 3; the same for the youth championships.
The administrative employees in contact with the teams (in particular the press officers) were encouraged, sometimes ” strongly », to anticipate their winter holidays. Clubs would even think of closing wings of offices that would be unoccupied. And save energy? ” We have small buildings that don’t cost that much to heat or light “, tempers Baptiste Malherbe, executive president of AJ Auxerre. The employees of the shop and the ticket office will be faithful to the post to prepare for the holiday season, which promises to be busy. At the Troyes training center, development work will take place in the absence of the pros. A way to anticipate summer.
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If some club leaders have preferred to postpone the invitations, others will make the trip. Thus, Marseille President Pablo Longoria has planned to go there. Just like the PSG coach Christophe Galtier who will be so to speak at home – even if he has never set foot in the country of his owners. The first will have the transfer window in mind while the second will already be projected towards the round of 16 of Champions League against Bayern. On site, he will not only be able to observe the fifteen Munich globalists, but above all follow his stars closely (Kylian Mbappe , Neymar and Lionel Messi). Thinking of this other major meeting, PSG will not be stopped: no training is planned for the resumption on December 5 but friendly meetings could be added to the calendar.