Ashby-de-la-Zouch, the base camp of the Blues between fields and red bricks

Installed from Tuesday in the city of Leicester County, about sixty miles south of Roterham, where he will play his three group matches, the French team looks forward to challenging Italy on Sunday (9pm).

While waiting to face Italy on Sunday (9pm) in Rotherham, the Blues pack their bags from Tuesday an hour’s drive further south, at Champneys Springs in Ashby-de-la-Zouch (central England), a quiet and peaceful place. cozy resort in Leicestershire countryside. “This is our Clairefontaine in England!“Eve Perisset laughs, the future right wing of Chelsea, in reference to the historic training center of the French team, in the Yvelines, which the blues left after three and a half weeks of preparation. Two places that look alike on their green, secluded side, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The entrance to the establishment sets the scene: a narrow road crosses a cereal field to a modern farmhouse with red bricks “.so British», Decorated with a swimming pool with large windows. A short walk from the famous spa of the place is the training camp dedicated to Les Bleues, within the vast park that surrounds the hotel. “We see the quality of the lawn, it’s really amazing“, tastes Perisset with AFP.”It is of English quality, the fields are always good“Smiles Dali, formerly of West Ham now at Everton, after training on Tuesday. And good additional news, after this smooth installation, for the first session in England, Corinne Deacon had a full group already that Wendie Renard, Grace Geyoro and Sakina Karchaoui, all injured during preparation, have returned to the collective.

It is not a first choice

The first afternoon in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, between Birmingham and Nottingham, allowed French women to visit all available facilities (meeting spaces, weight room, spa, etc.), without yet having all the milestones. “It’s big, it’s a little maze. We get lost quickly but we’re finesmiled young Parisian Sandy Baltimore. The part of accommodation that countsabout 90 rooms“, According to the FFF, will not be accessible to the external customers, that will be able, however, to take advantage of the center of attention and the restaurant, especially during the day. Champneys Springs, in the heart of the National Forest, however, was not the management’s first choice. He had set his sights on another base camp, also offered in the UEFA catalog, but had to give it up for a surprising reason. “At some point, we had chosen one that was great. Unless we find out that for two-thirds of the time we would be there on internships, there would be weddings. It just wasn’t possible“Corinne Deacon had explained in May in an interview with AFP, underlining the”oxygen opportunitiesand Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Les Bleues fans of werewolves

Apart from training, the atmosphere will be conducive to relaxation with possible walks in the large park, around the lake, the possibility of resting in individual rooms, all equipped with a balcony or a small terrace, and moments of coexistence between players. Thus, according to Selma Bacha, the preparation course was animated by frantic parties of board games. “We play the werewolf game all the time (from Thiercelieux, editor’s note). During the night, the werewolves get up and have to kill other villagers. In the end, you have to figure out who the wolves are. But there are too many cheaters!“The young Lyonnais told AFP in preparation, denouncing in a big burst of laughter Hawa Cissoko and Kenza Dali. For the Blues, serious things will start against Italy on Sunday in Rotherham. They will play the whole first round at New York Stadium, a stadium with less than 12,000 seats, or even the quarterfinals if they end up at the head of their Group D.

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