Laurent Koscielny has announced to French TV station Canal+ that he is retiring from French football. He also mentioned in that interview that France’s win of the World Cup did him more psychological damage than his Achilles heel injury.[su_divider top=”no” divider_color=”#e10115″ link_color=”#d00607″ size=”1″ margin=”10″]
Laurent Koscielny mentioned that while he was injured, the French national team coach did not as much as call him except on his birthday. He seemed to infer that the players never called either. France winning the World Cup did him more psychological damage than his actual injury did.
[su_box title=”Point To Note” style=”soft” box_color=”#ab1118″]Now, I remember the time Yaya Toure pouted because Manchester City didn’t send him a birthday cake. Some fans said Yaya had every right to be upset; most fans told Yaya to toughen up and get back to playing football.[/su_box]
It’s not that the two situations (Yaya and Laurent) are the same, but you have two footballers here being overly emotional about things that need not be blown out of proportion.
Didier Deschamps had more than 22 plus staff to train for the World Cup, tactics to set up, his family care for… I wonder how football managers juggle these balls anyway.
And he called Laurent on his birthday. At least he called.
I’m not sure what Laurent Koscielny wanted at this point: Daily calls, weekly check-ins, monthly emails?
Going through an injury of that magnitude, coupled with the fear of thinking you may never play again is enough to worry about. But I believe Laurent had a good support team in his family and Arsenal.
My advice to Laurent Koscielny would be: Be happy that your country won the World Cup and move on from whatever grouse you have against Deschamps because, the man wasn’t busy laying around on some exotic beach, he was working his behind off trying to win France the World Cup.