[Sélection nationale] Central defenders, increase your finger!

Earlier than this match towards Hungary, Luc Holtz finds himself confronted with a monumental carnage within the sector. Redemptive?

All is just not effectively.” Luc Holtz has usually began his press conferences like this for the previous two years. However yesterday was the primary time that all the things fell on him directly, like an uncontrollable storm: his rally turns right into a recreation of bloodbath and the defensive sector loses a brand new component with every passing day. Towards Hungary tonight, he’ll miss not less than three potential starters, perhaps even 4.

It began this weekend, when Lars Gerson had the sensible thought to attain his penalty within the 88e minute of the match towards Begin (0-1), qualifying for the double play-off confrontation for accession to the Norwegian D1. The pleasant matches of the Roud Léiwen not constituting official dates protected by UEFA, it’s a central defender in very nice kind who was routinely, this week, to place his expertise on the service of a trigger apart from nationwide.

This info, the coach had had 72 hours to study to reside with and he or she delighted him as a lot as she aggravated him. The remaining was much less encouraging because it was ADO Den Haag who requested Dirk Carlson to depart the Luxembourg camp with the intention to seem for the match which befell final evening for the Batavian D2 championship, towards Roda JC .

Lengthy injured within the buttocks, this warrior whose mind-set would have been a reasonably important weapon towards Hungary, has not walked on a garden in an official match since August 14. If he had returned to his membership to easily sit on the bench, Holtz might nonetheless have thought of aligning him within the night since he joined the choice as we speak. However the coach shrugged his shoulders: “In keeping with Dirk’s emotions, in line with the classes, he could have taking part in time.” Exit additionally Carlson…

Mahmutovic? “It’s time”

In itself, that may already be rather a lot. However the issues continued to build up and Chanot, muscularly affected because the qualification of New York Metropolis within the semi-finals of the Japanese Convention on the garden of Montreal is, in line with his coach, “three weeks later too only for tomorrow”. Three central defenders much less? That is all? No: Laurent Jans took a success throughout Tuesday night’s session and he, whose replacements within the center, within the Nations League, have been so many good surprises, is downright uncertain.

Whereas Vahid Selimovic and Tim Corridor haven’t discovered a membership and Luc Holtz has not even thought of calling them again, the choices of Aldin Skenderovic (F91) and Chris Philipps (Wiltz) have been very concretely activated by the employees… who found that the 2 boys, initially not chosen, are additionally victims of glitches. For the second named, who had already needed to skip the final two summons because of covid after which harm, it turns into a foul joke, however let’s transfer on: there should not many individuals left to compose the protection.

And the true specialists of the submit may be counted fairly rapidly. There stay Sofiane Ikene, 17 years outdated and 15 quick minutes of worldwide taking part in time, in addition to Enes Mahmutovic, who solely performed half-time with Luxembourg on this yr 2022, towards Northern Eire, however who made some latest begins with CSKA Sofia. “It is THE time to point out up for him, urges Holtz. Athletically, towards this sort of opponent, he has extra reserve. It is as much as him to place himself in place.”

“It’ll by no means occur that we’re full”

Not excluded, once more indicated the coach, to seek out within the axis, subsequently, a boy who’s in no way used to it. As a result of it’s out of the query, too, to do something by calling a youngster not prepared to seek out himself confronted with this sort of problem. “We’re getting ready the following marketing campaign,” asserts Holtz. And one factor doesn’t change, it would nonetheless be in problem.

But it surely has grow to be the cornerstone of the development of this staff’s id, as recalled by Leandro Barreiro: “I feel that we regularly have accidents, unavailable. I feel it would by no means occur that we’re full. However you’ll be able to compensate with mentality. We proved that we might do effectively even with numerous accidents, within the Nations League, towards Turkey and Lithuania. And given the place the issues are situated, we, the circles, we must handle the seek for steadiness. Nice. Nothing to concern then!

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