The French centre half Jeremy Mathieu might have done heroics for Barcelona in the most recent El Clasico, but, it was not enough to make Didier Deschamps feel that not selecting the centre back in the national squad for the next two friendly fixtures was a mistake.
Deschamps is still backing his decision. He reckons the choices that he has made, there is some sort of logic behind it and he is fully convinced that the Les Blues are going to fetch some very good results.
Ever since Mathieu has found the net in the Clasico, the French media has been moaning about him not being picked in the national Squad and that it’s going to harm the French team’s chances.
Deschamps is, however, on a different page. According to him, whenever a player is excluded from the national squad and then, he puts up a good performance somewhere, he sparks a debate. But, people should see from manager’s perspective and understand what he is trying to do.
Speaking to the media, Deschamps said, “You have got to back your choices. There’s always going to be different opinions on the squad that you have come up with. But, as a manager, if you have made a decision, you must believe that it will work for the team.”
“As far as Jeremy is concerned, there is nothing personal against him. He is a talented centre half and is being followed closely by us.”
Mathieu’s had as many as 18 starts for Catalan giants in 2014-15.
He made his journey to Barcelona at the start of this season only leaving the other Liga club Valencia.
There is nothing much to talk about the international career of the defender. He has only featured 4 times in his country’s shirt without having much success.