Cyrille de la Morinerie (special envoy to Doha), edited by Romain Rouillard
6:12 p.m., November 25, 2022
He thought he would fail but in the end, Marcus Thuram is indeed on the trip to Qatar. The coach of the Blues Didier Deschamps has indeed formalized his summons five days after having unveiled a list initially composed of 25 players. His flair did not betray him since the presence of the Mönchengladbach player in Germany makes up for the absence of Karim Benzema, injured in the quadriceps and forfeited for the competition.
24 years after Lilian Thuram’s double in the semi-finals of the 98 World Cup and the title that followed, it is now Marcus, his son, who is competing in the most prestigious of competitions. However, his illustrious father did not want him to become a footballer, fearing that the filiation would be too difficult to assume. But today, Lilian confesses her pride and Marcus displays an unfailing relaxation.
“Be myself and enjoy every moment”
“I don’t put this pressure on myself. Maybe after my career, I will look and say to myself that maybe it was something strong, but at the moment T, no”, he said. he declared in front of the press. Unlike Lilian, a defender at the time, Marcus plays as a striker. After starting his career at Sochaux, the 1.92m colossus then took over the management of Guingamp and is now playing in the Bundesliga at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Summoned by Didier Deschamps during Euro 2020, his playing time had been reduced to the bare minimum since he had only played the last nine minutes of the match against Switzerland, lost on penalties. For this World Cup, the striker intends to follow his dad’s recommendations to the letter. “Ever since I was little, he’s been giving me pretty much the same advice, which is to be myself and enjoy every moment.”
Like Lucas and Théo Hernandez, Marcus hopes to soon evolve with his little brother Khéphren, in the jersey of the France team. The 21-year-old defensive midfielder from Nice is currently patient in the U23 selection.
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