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Dayot Upamecano’s boss match

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We left him last December 18. Dayot Upamecano had just lost the World Cup final on penalties against Argentina. Despite this immense disappointment, the France team has undoubtedly found a new boss in central defense. Throughout the competition, the one who has only 12 selections for the Blues has revealed himself. If there had been a shadow of a doubt in the previous months, the World Cup changed everything. Upamecano came out with another status.

A status that takes on even more significance with the international retirement of Raphaël Varane. He confirmed it again yesterday during this knockout round of the Champions League. The 24-year-old Frenchman was imperial throughout the meeting, winning 5 out of 6 duels in particular. As physically strong as he is intelligent in his movements and his decision-making, he completely funneled Kylian Mbappé, yet the world reference of the moment and the flagship asset of PSG.

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He limited Mbappé’s influence

Our editorial team also gave him a score of 8, the same as for Goretzka, the man of the match. “We knew they wanted to play often with Kylian (Mbappé) in depth, I tried to manage that even if it was complicated because he goes very fast. It was a team effort today. We knew that me and Matthijs (De Ligt) had to close the spaces, and slide well. Communication was also important between me, Matthijs and Stanisic. The coach had above all asked us to slide well, that’s what we did well. We did our job”assured the hero of the evening.

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Having become a full-fledged holder in this defense of Bayern, he even became a manager despite his young age. Despite sometimes delicate beginnings in Bavaria, he was able to correct certain errors to progress. “I’m in good shape, but I’m still a young player, listening. I play with great players who give me advice, like here with Thomas Müller or in the France team with Giroud. They give me a lot of advice, I take it.” Given his performance, he obviously listened well.

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