Alec Nathan France Edge Germany 2-0 and Dante explains confusion over claims he wanted Chelsea move


Wolfsburg defender Dante has been forced to deny claims he was seeking a ‘dream’ move to Premier League champions Chelsea.

Amid claims in several newspapers Dante had taken to Twitter to claim he would like to play for “a big club like Chelsea” during a Q&A with FIFA, it has since emerged the Dante in question was turning out for Mali’s under-17 team.

Former Bayern Munich and Brazil defender Dante is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “It’s been difficult and confusing for me.

“I couldn’t understand why people were calling me and asking about Chelsea.

“I don’t know the other Dante but it’s his dream, not mine.”
Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the goals that gave the French the well-earned win over the World Cup titleholders.

France boss Didier Deschamps decided to make six changes to his side after last month’s victory over Denmark, with only Raphael Varane, Blaise Matuidi, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Anthony Martial retaining their places.

Germany manager Joachim Low made five alterations to the team that won against Georgia, with Sami Khedira, Antonio Rudiger, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez being drafted in.

German football writer Clark Whitney speculated how Low would set up his side:

The hosts dominated the opening moments at the Stade de France, forcing the world champions onto their back foot.

Paul Pogba showed his inimitable quality with the ball, finding the electric Martial with a wonderful pass. However, Opta highlighted an unwanted statistic for the Juventus midfielder:

The Germans tightened their belts in light of superior French possession and looked to hit their opponents on the break as they drove forward.

Pogba continued to link well with the forwards, finding Giroud in the striker’s role. However, the Germans went close through Thomas Muller and Gomez as they looked to steal the lead.

John Doe

John Doe is a senior editor at DW Focus, where he has covered international conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, and the Balkans since 1997. A native of South Africa, he now resides with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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