In all the press conferences on this eve of Austria-France, the question came up like a refrain. “What did you think of this story of the hole in the lawn? » Didier Deschamps and Hugo Lloris were entitled to the tricolor side, as well as Ralf Rangnick and David Alaba for the Austrians. “It’s pretty hard to believewas surprised the captain of the Blues to sum up the general state of mind. When you see the images, you have the impression of a montage. They checked everything out. There is still a little apprehension. We are going to test this pitch well in training. And choose the right crampons. »
From the top of the press box, a large rectangle of about twenty square meters, new and greener than the others, comes to flatten the right part of the central circle. The hole of thirty centimeters appeared during Austria-Denmark (1-2), last Monday, was therefore largely filled by the Austrian technical teams.
“I hope it will never happen again”, blew the Austrian coach Ralf Rangnick. To reassure a little more and hide a feeling of national embarrassment, David Alaba pointed out that the entire lawn had been analyzed to identify other possible cavities. UEFA also reiterated its approval of the match in view of all the reassuring analyzes carried out under the control of the Austrian Federation.