Les Bleues and the temptation of the foreigner

It took almost nothing for the best player in the French league to go to England. At the end of the contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Kadidiatou Diani hesitated for a long time. Coveted by the biggest European clubs, the 28-year-old striker – thirteen of whom have been in Division 1 (P1) – expressed her desire to leave the country at the end of June.

“After six seasons at PSG, perhaps the time has come to look elsewhere, to discover a new championship. I’m ready to leave the shipassured the World. I don’t have a major title. I would like to be in a team that has the means to win the Champions League. » By holding the string long, Chelsea, new juggernauts in women’s football, would finally be beaten at the post by Olympique Lyonnais (second The Parisiansigned a four-year deal with OL) and its new American owner with innovative ideas, Michele Kang. Way to see something else without leaving France.

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If the forward – who will face Brazil on Saturday 29 July, in a very important match for France after the draw against Jamaica at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand – has not yet formalized his new destination, he seems to be going against the tide. In fact, the tricolor players have never had so much to play in a league other than the D1, right at the moment in which the professionalization of French women’s football is taking place.

Eight of them form the foreign battalion in the list of 23 selected by Hervé Renard for the Mondial aux antipodes. Six more than in 2019, where the 2015 and 2011 groups had no exiles. A trend that questions itself: does France’s future go abroad?

The Lyonnaise tree that hides the forest

For the right side of Bleues Eve Périsset, the answer is clear. In August 2022, the former PSG and Girondins de Bordeaux player took the Eurostar to reach London. A choice you won’t regret even for a second. “I have entered another dimension, there are so many waysshe says. We are considered the men’s professional team. We have a staff of about thirty people, including four video analysts and five physiotherapists. » In one season at Chelsea, the Frenchwoman won two titles, played in a Champions League semi-final and discovered a booming league.

In training with the Bleues, all pitches are equipped with cameras. The real-time analysis of sessions on tablets allows for modern and meticulous work. “We can correct bad defensive positioning live”testifies Eve Périsset, who believes he did “great progress”.

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