Was Benjamin Pavard still stunned against Hungary? The Bayern Munich side was knocked out after a clash with Robin Gosens against Germany. Deemed fit by the medical staff, he suffered another impressive fall in the first minute of play, after contact with Attila Fiola, falling on his back and the back of his head. Didier Deschamps admitted that the player could have been replaced.
After the match against Germany, Benjamin Pavard admitted having been knocked out, “10-15 seconds” after Gosens’ knee hit in the temple. The Bayern player then came to his senses before continuing the meeting, but his condition and the violence of the shock had raised questions, until UEFA, about a possible concussion. At the microphone of the Telefoot show, Sunday, June 20, Didier Deschamps assured that the concussion protocol had been respected: “Everything was done very well by our doctor. I saw Benjamin in total possession of his means in training.”
The coach then decided to align him again against Hungary, but the right side again suffered a bad fall in the first minute of play, before making a very poor copy. He notably took a yellow card in the tenth minute and was too often late or overtaken by the speed of Fiola, as on the Hungarian goal. Should Didier Deschamps have replaced him? “I could have taken it out, but I didn’t have the information, replied the person concerned. Benjamin has not communicated on his condition, the players want to stay on the field. Even if I prefer to keep the replacement cartridges for the offensive phases when we are led, I could have taken it out, I didn’t. Benjamin Pavard finally remained on the lawn until the end of the match.
Antoine Griezmann, present at a press conference, also returned to his teammate’s match. “Ben struggled a bit in the first half, but still with the excuse of the sun, it was super hot, underlined the Barcelona striker. He was a bit lonely with the ball because I’m not a winger who will stay open to play one on one, it was difficult for him to find someone in front of him. Defensively, he wins duels, he loses, that’s the life of a side. I try to help him, but much less in this last match because Hungary did not have the ball. We have a very good side with him and we are proud to have him. “
Between Raphaël Guerreiro and Diogo Jota, Benjamin Pavard will face a new challenge on his side, Wednesday against Portugal. A success of the Blues will necessarily go through a regained serenity of the defender of Bayern.