France national team coach Didier Deschamps and his coaching crew are in dismay over the French players lack of sleep at the EURO 2020 and are exhausting all energies at curbing the situation.
The erratic sleep style that characterize some key players in the French team who are usually up until late watching Netflix on their computers or playing video games, have caused worry for the 52-year-old manager.
Led Blues who left Hungary — their earlier abode for the EURO 2020 following the poor air conditioning and bedding issues experienced — have now spent 10 days at their new settlement in Bucharest and Budapest.
But having opted for watching movies and games, François Duforez, a Sports Doctor at L’Hôpital Dieu in Paris speaking to 20 minutes emphasised on the importance of a healthy sleeping habit to the players in the following words;
If you are sleep deprived, you increase the risk of injury by 1.7%.”
“If there is only one thing to take away from recovery, it’s sleep, all the studies prove it. Today, with the players, we do 40,000 things to recover, but if you were to draw a pyramid, the basis of it is that. If the base of the pyramid isn’t solid, all you can do behind it – massages, stretching, ice baths, cryotherapy, it means nothing. If you’re not sleeping, you’re screwed,” adds fitness coach Xavier Frezza, who works with a number of top footballers throughout the year.
“It is by sleeping at night that our body secretes a whole series of hormones that will allow us to recover well, that replenishes our energy stock, with which we regenerate our body and brain cells. Obviously, if you don’t have that, you will perform less well, we are more likely to injure ourselves, we have weaker immune systems.”
N’Golo Kante has distinguished himself in this realm as he serve as a role model who take health precautions and does not jeopardize his sleep. France fitness coach commented on this in a conversation with L’Equipe last weekend.
“He is careful on what he eats, how well hydrated he is and he sleeps a lot.”
Ex-France Press Officer Philippe Tournon aired his opinion on the matter saying;
” Guys are playing online, it is not possible to control it, you can’t go from room to room all the time to see if the lights are on! It’s part of evolutions that the France team has had to endure. Before, we just had to say to the hotel concierge: “at 10pm you’re not letting them receive a call” and we were pretty sure the players were asleep. But now what do you want us to do? They each have one or two phones, a tablet, a computer, it’s open bar day and night, there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Fitness coach Xavier Frezza concluded when he said;
“It’s impossible to correct sleep patterns in a few days during a camp or a tournament. A person who is used to going to bed at 2 or 3 in the morning every night cannot say to themselves “well come on, lights out at midnight, thank you, goodbye.” It is a mechanism that takes a long time, it takes months and months to regain a good sleep pattern. That’s why it’s important to instil this in them from an early age.”
With key players failing to sleep, will it have adverse effect on team’s performance in the European Championship?. We see as the event unfolds.