Corinne Deacon’s France team, among the favorite teams for the Women’s Euro in England, can count on two attacking stars who play together in the club, at PSG: Kadidiatou Diani and Marie-Antoinette Katoto.
If Wendie Renard is still the manager of the French women’s team, the selection of Corinne Deacon, obviously, no longer relies so much on OL since the sidelining of Sarah Bouhaddi, Amandine Henry and Eugénie Le Sommer. the PSG thus has as many players as the club of Jean-Michel Aulas (5 each) in the group for the Women’s Euro which started in England.
Joana Swan, who comments on the news of women’s PSG and Les Bleues on his YouTube channel or his website Football Instinctis perfectly placed to describe to us the left side Sakina Karchaoui, the midfielders Grace Geyoro and Sandy Baltimore and especially the two star attackers Kadidiatou Diani and Marie Antoinette Katotowhich can flare up in the first round against Italy (this Sunday, 9 p.m.), Belgium and Iceland.
Left side, 26, arrived at PSG in 2021
Joana Swan: “She has a great technique. I wouldn’t say she has a vice, but she’s smart, she manages not to lose the ball, she won’t let go of it quickly. She brings a lot forward and it is a force for the Blue because Selma Bacha (the 2nd left side of the tricolor group) and Perle Morroni (not called) do less. She also has a great mentality, she brings defensively with clean tackles, she does not take many yellow cards. What I love with the Karchaoui-Baltimore duo (at PSG) is that there is a real alliance, it’s complicit, fluid. Sakina doesn’t play the same way with another winger. »
Midfielder, 25, trained at PSG
“She is a versatile midfielder, she is very valuable for her team. She relieves her whole team by recovering high balls to give them back quickly. She does not hesitate to try her luck as well. He is an attacking midfielder who knows how to protect his team. As captain of PSG, she is used to pressure, she knows how to spin the ball, manage the tempo of her team. I have a lot of respect for Amandine Henry, Grace does not have the same experience but she can justly impose herself as a boss during this Euro. »
Left offensive midfielder, 22, trained at PSG
“It’s my ‘safe go’!” She has an above average technical quality. She has a great left foot, the ball catches her foot. She has an incredible passing accuracy that allows you to score. She has been a hit with PSG this season, finishing as D1’s best passer (4 goals and 13 assists in 22 matches). We need such a player capable of making the difference from corners and free kicks, she is capable of scoring inbound corners. She is serious, she goes to the dry cleaners, she tackles, she is hungry as soon as she has the ball. »
Forward, 27, at PSG since 2017
“It’s a gem! The girl can come out of nowhere to speed up and unlock a match. She can get out of her lane to slip between two opponents or give us an unexpected pass. She has this Neymar side, this show side. I show my technique, I impose my technique. The ball sticks to his foot, of course. She is the best paid player in D1 (37,000 euros gross per month, like Wendie Renard, according to The Team last March). She deserves it. She had been excellent at the 2019 World Cup, this time she is even better accompanied. It can hurt. »
Marie Antoinette Katoto
Centre-forward, 23, trained at PSG
“It’s my Katoto!” She extended (with PSG, after a long hesitation), she will be much more relaxed. The fact of not having Hamraoui also frees her. She has scored a lot lately but it is during this Euro that she wants to explode the counters. This is her personal revenge on the 2019 World Cup. She had been left out of the group after making the friendlies. She still has everything to prove to the general public, but she is clearly the star of the France team, she is the Mbappé of girls in several aspects. It’s not just a surface fox, it will pick up, get out of the way, try to find an opening through the pass. She is exemplary, she is a leader, a player who does not hesitate to make defensive withdrawals. The whole French team is counting on her. »