Marcel Desailly believes Laurent Koscielny is on a par with Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic and Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and that the Arsenal man has qualities, which remind him of former France teammate Lilian Thuram.
The World Cup winning centre-back watched Koscielny in action for Les Bleus against Japan on Friday night and although the home side lost 1-0 at the Stade de France, Desailly had warm words of encouragement for the 27-year-old Gunner.
“I love Koscielny, I’ve seen him a lot,” Desailly told Football.fr.
“Unfortunately, he didn’t have a great experience [against Japan], but he’s had good momentum since his arrival at Arsenal.
“He has good leg speed, which reminds me of Lilian [Thuram]. The last time we spoke I told him to work hard and he’ll become one of the best defenders in the world.
“He’s at the standard of a Vidic or Pique. I mean that sincerely.”
Meanwhile, Koscielny himself has been speaking in the French press about his experiences in the Premier League. Pinpointing Didier Drogba as the toughest opponent he’s faced, the former-Lorient man also took a moment to identify Luis Suarez as a pesky, little prick.
Speaking to L’Equipe he remarked: “A striker that I hate marking? Luis Suarez. He is hard to take.
“He’s a cheat, always pulls the shirt and gives little kicks. You always want to give him a kick but you have to be careful not to be sent off.”
No doubt Koscielny’s words, given that it’s a quiet news week, will be pounced on as a declaration of war against Anfield. It will be interesting to see if anybody who isn’t on the Liverpool pay-roll can actually be bothered to defend Suarez…
Thanks to @SiuFay for the links.