Facing journalists last Sunday, Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi widely opened the door to a friendly match with the French team. The response to this bold proposal was quickly delivered by Didier Deschamps, his French counterpart.
During his participation in the program “After Foot” on RMC, Djamel Belmadi expressed his interest in a possible clash between France and Algeria. He recalled that this idea had already been mentioned at the time of Mr Zetchi, the former president of the Algerian Football Federation, and Mr Le Graët, his French counterpart at the time. These two personalities had spoken on several occasions on this subject. Le Graët had even addressed this possibility publicly. “It was something he really wanted to do,” Belmadi said, showing the Algerians’ enthusiasm for such a clash.
Belmadi also underlined his team’s ambition, saying: “ We want to play against the best. By going to play in Senegal (in a friendly match at Diamniadio on Tuesday September 12), we are not looking for the easy way. Playing against France, yes… there are a lot of dual nationals, we all have a link with France. This is a match that many would like to see one day. »
The long-awaited response came from Didier Deschamps during his press conference the day before the match between Germany and France in Dortmund. Although Deschamps mainly opened the door to this idea, he also clarified that he was not the person who decided friendlies: “ It’s not me who decides on friendly matches. If there is the possibility of doing it, it will be done, but it is not my responsibility”, did he declare. He later added: “I have no worries about having to play this match. »
Thus, the possibility of a clash between France and Algeria remains open, generating excitement among fans of both teams and fueling speculation about a meeting that could prove historic.