Lucas Hernandez is determined to prove his worth to both club and country as the Bayern Munich defender aims to delay the competition, potentially including his own brother, to remain a regular with France.
Hernandez suffered knee and ankle injuries in his first year at Bayern, although he was by no means a regular this season when available for head coach Hansi Flick.
The 25-year-old has made 17 Bundesliga appearances – 12 of which have started – and also eight Champions League outings, helping the German club reach the quarter-finals in Europe.
He started Wednesday at the left-back of the Blues, the reigning world champions opening their qualifying campaign for Qatar 2022 with a 1-1 draw at home against Ukraine.
” Yes of course. I’m someone who always wants to play, ”Hernandez – who joined Bayern from Atletico Madrid in June 2019 – told media on Thursday.
“I was injured a lot last year but this year the injuries left me alone. I played, I wanted to restore confidence in the club that bought me two years ago. There were times when I was frustrated, angry when I was on the pitch. bench.
“At Bayern, the competition is very strong. I had times when I played less, but I still have confidence in myself, I have always worked in training.
“There is also a lot of competition in the France team, we are always in danger. It’s up to me to hang on. ”
Hernandez was a reliable option for France boss Didier Deschamps during the successful World Cup campaign in Russia in 2018, although he appreciates that he cannot just take his place for granted.
Younger brother Theo is one of those hoping to make his way. The 23-year-old is yet to make his senior debut but excels at Milan, contributing five goals and six assists this season.
He created 45 chances in total in the 2020-21 campaign, placing him behind only Hakan Calhanoglu for Stefano Pioli’s side. His tackling success rate is 64.1%.
“Right now he’s very strong offensively,” Lucas said of Theo. “He has this confidence to take the ball and cross the lines easily. He’s having a very good season.
“This was already the case last year; I hope that one day he can be here [with the France squad]. It is not for me to choose that. It is not my choice.
“In previous years, when he was at Real Madrid or Real Sociedad, he had a little more trouble. But since he’s been at Milan he’s been confident – and it shows in the stats, with assists and goals. He’s very offensive.
“He’s my brother, I have that family feeling. He’s a very good player, I like him a lot. I hope he can be here one day. ”