The players and staff of the France team joined Nice on Tuesday on the eve of their first preparatory match for the Euro against Wales (Wednesday, 9 p.m.). They were greeted by fans whom they greeted from afar, as a precaution.
The players of the France team left Clairefontaine on Tuesday a week after their arrival at the national technical center. They took the direction of Nice, where they arrived at the end of the morning on the eve of their first qualifying match for the Euro, against Wales (Wednesday, 9 p.m.).
No risk taken with spectators
As usual when they reach the city of the Riviera, the Blues stayed at the Radison Blu hotel and arrived there around 12 noon. About fifteen supporters were present to welcome them. Impossible for them to approach the Blues for health reasons. No risk wants to be taken on the side of the tricolor staff while a positive test for a player would compromise his participation in the Euro. The security system had also been expanded.
The supporters had to be satisfied with a few hand signals. Some will wait in front of the hotel all day waiting for the departure of the world champions for their training scheduled at 6 p.m. Before that, coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris will present themselves for the traditional match-eve press conference. The opportunity for the goalkeeper to discuss his 100th captaincy scheduled for Wednesday on his land in Nice, where he was born, raised and made his first footballing steps.
A special reunion for Benzema with Nice
This trip to the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes also has a special flavor for Karim Benzema since he had celebrated his 81st and last selection at the Allianz Riviera, on October 8, 2015 during a friendly match against Armenia (4 -0). That night, he scored twice for his last goals in the selection before being sidelined for more than five and a half years. This is where he will pick up the blue jersey.