Offbeat Croatia-France: where to follow and five questions on the match between the Blues
Sami Vatanen, Trevor Van Riemsdyk expected to test free agency
Hurricanes defensemen Sami Vatanen and Trevor van Riemsdyk are expected to test free agency when the market opens up on Friday, per general manager Don Waddell."We’ve made it real clear that we’d like both guys, but we also understand that we’re under a little bit more of a scrutiny with our salary cap. So if they go out to the market, whatever the market will bear, it might be something that if they do come back to us that we can talk about.
The important thing is the three points? Not really. The prestige of the League of Nations is still far from that of a World Cup or a European championship. This is why the real stake, for Didier Deschamps, seems to be to better prepare his team for the Euro, which will take place next summer. "I considered that it was the moment, in September, October and November" to make tests, explained the coach in press conference before the match.
Should we be worried about Antoine Griezmann? Yes and no. Whether at FC Barcelona or with the French team, the playmaker of the Blues is only the shadow of the one ranked 3rd in the 2018 Ballon d'Or. But he has the whole season to come to rebuild his health. in Catalonia, where his position as holder is not (yet) called into question. “In 82 caps, it's 32 goals, 21 assists. It speaks,Griezmann's goal in Naples in the knockout stages of the Champions League (1-1) . I know Antoine's quality and what he is capable of giving to the team. ” The coach recalled that where Griezmann "is best and where he is most influential" is "in an axial position" as Deschamps regularly plays. And not like at Barça, where he is often forced to go out of the way.
When will we see the world champions again? The Blues will host Finland at the Stade de France on November 11 in a friendly match, then complete their program in the Nations League in Portugal on the 14th, and against Sweden on the 17th. The next window of international matches will take place in March 2021. As Didier Deschamps suggested that the list of 23 players in March will be similar, or even identical to that for the Euro next June.
ATP roundup: de Minaur rallies to advance in Antwerp .
ATP roundup: de Minaur rallies to advance in Antwerpde Minaur won 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in two hours, 18 minutes. Gasquet was serving for the match, 5-4, in the second set but couldn't put away de Minaur.