One of Didier Deschamps’ first decisions after the World Cup will be to completely review the hierarchy of his goalkeepers after the international retirements of Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda. With this in mind, Mike Maignan should recover the starting spot, but Christophe Lollichon believes that Ilan Meslier would make a perfect number 1 in goal for the France team.
As after every major international competition, some nations carry out a large squad review. And this year, after the world Cup in Qatar, the Blues have completely changed the hierarchy in the goalkeeper position. And for good reason, Hugo Lloriscaptain and selection record holder, as well as Steve Mandanda have retired from international duty, forcing Didier Deschamps to not only find a new starter, but also his replacements. With this in mind, the names of Mike MaignanAlphonse Areola, Brice Samba, Alban Lafont or Ilan Meslier keep coming back. And Christophe Lollichon has a specific idea.
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Meslier number 1 of the Blues?
Present at the microphone ofAfter Footthe former goalkeeping coach of chelsea acknowledges having a preference for Ilan Meslier who shines in the goals of Leeds. ” I really appreciate the qualities of Mike Maignan, because if he is appreciated in Italy it is precisely because he is a different goalkeeper from the others. And there you have around Mike Maignan, boys like Brice Samba for example. Or Illan Meslier. It’s been almost three years since he started in the Premier League “, Explain Christophe Lollichon before continuing.
“He has an extraordinary left foot, a wingspan”
” I discovered this kid with Regis Le Bris, when he was reserve coach in Lorient. I followed him for two years, I wanted to bring him to Chelsea. The first game I saw of Illan was with the reserve in N2 and I saw a central defender in front of me. I got a kick out of watching him play. Illan loves this style of play. Illan met my height criteria because he was 1m96, in addition he has an extraordinary left foot, wingspan, very good in one on one and very good in aerial play “, he adds.