This is the end of this press conference
The Blues now have an appointment for a training session at 6 p.m.
Deschamps on the Croatia team
“I saw Croatia’s match against Austria. There was a greater freshness and dynamism among the Austrians. This Croatian team, we are used to playing it, there are a lot of qualities, very high level players. They will have the same objective as us after a defeat, they will want to start on the right foot.”
Deschamps on the League of Nations
“It’s a great competition. We had the pleasure of winning the last edition. It’s always better than friendly matches. Afterwards, the period is not ideal because we are at the end of the season. has fatigue and wear and tear, it’s not ideal but it’s the calendars. You have to manage the organisms and the psychological aspect. That all the players are not at 100%, it’s a obvious. We will only have one rally in September before the World Cup. We are adapting. It’s the same for all the selections.”
“We have to do better defensively,” admits Deschamps
“Ideally, we don’t want to leave anything to the opponent. But the opponent has qualities too. Whether we are three or four behind, the problem remains the same. Maybe at times we are a a little less solid, but these are not the same situations. We have to do better. We are working on it. We have to make sure to reduce this margin of error as much as possible so as not to offer opportunities to the opponent.”
Deschamps on the contribution of Ben Yedder
“One of the objectives in this series of matches is to give playing time to as many players as possible. Wissam will play with the qualities we know he has. in the finish, where he has fast sequences.”
Deschamps on Benzema’s legal concerns
“No, I haven’t talked about it with him and I’m not going to talk about it today. You can ask me the question again later. We have a match to prepare for.”
“We will try to bounce back”, announces Deschamps
“Since Friday night, we know it’s a setback. Now, accident or not? We did good things against Denmark, who are a very good team. We’ll try to bounce back, it won’t be against Croatia. But the goal is to get off to a good start. Pressure or not, the goal remains the same. We want to reverse the trend.”
Deschamps on Mbappé’s injury
“He has a small problem due to a contusion, which is not irreparable, otherwise he would not have come to Croatia with us. We will see for tomorrow but there are two more games behind. He will not train today. today, but I will wait until tomorrow to take stock with the medical staff.”
“Karim (Benzema), Kingsley (Coman), N’Golo (Kanté) and Jules (Koundé) are also affected.”
Deschamps on Maignan’s tenure in Croatia
“Maignan has a very good foot game. But his tenure was already planned for the start of the week. Hugo (Lloris) has been called upon all season by his club, Mike too. This is an opportunity to distribute the playing time “There is no further analysis. There are two very good goalkeepers, but Hugo remains the captain and the starter. Mike will have the opportunity to have playing time.”
Deschamps on Griezmann’s struggles
“It’s not by snapping our fingers that we can put everything back in place. He may have a less good period, even if in the France team, he has often been very good. There is no worry. The end of the season is complicated for many players.”
Kimpembe will be captain in Croatia
Didier Deschamps confirms this just now.
Deschamps on the defensive concerns of the Blues
“When we concede goals, there are always things that we have to do better, especially in terms of alignment and managing depth. We didn’t do it well, it has to be worked on. ” In a three-man defense, the three must be aligned. These are situations that can be repeated. It’s something basic. If the ball carrier is not on target, the danger, c is the depth.”
Deschamps settles in front of the media
The coach of the France team is ready to answer questions from journalists.
“We know what we have to correct”, assures Kimpembe
“We are a great football nation, with great players. We know what we have to correct. It’s the little details that make the difference, we are aware of that. We will have to work well tactically.”
Kimpembe on Benzema’s form
“I don’t need to talk about it. You’ve all known him, for a while. Everyone is aware of the place he has and the leadership he brings to this team. He’s a very a great player and a great scorer, he still manages to demonstrate it over the years.”
Kimpembe on his future at PSG
“Everyone knows the love I have for PSG. It’s mutual. I’ll be 27 in August, it’s a key moment in my career. I’m waiting to meet the future sports management compared to the club’s project. We will have to discuss fairly quickly.”
Kimpembe appears in front of the media
Kimpembe on his placement: “We always respect the coach’s choices. I am able to play in the middle or on the left. I put myself where the coach asks me. We’ll see. At three behind, we have the opportunity to go out on the ball carrier. You have to slide more quickly but that’s not a problem. We are used to playing like that, at club or national level.”
The Deschamps conference will soon begin
On the eve of going to challenge Croatia in the League of Nations, Didier Deschamps will speak to the press. His intervention will begin at any moment…
Mike Maignan will start in Croatia
Now number 2 with the Blues, AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan will start Monday in Croatia, replacing the usual number 1, Hugo Lloris. Maignan, excellent this season in Serie A, should thus live his 3rd selection at 26 years old.
Konaté joined the Blues
Since Friday evening, we have also learned of Raphaël Varane’s package (left thigh) for the rest of the rally. The Manchester United defender has been replaced by Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool), called up to the France A team for the very first time.
Benzema at the heart of the debates?
If Karim Benzema scored a superb goal on Friday against Denmark, it is especially in the justice section that his name has circulated since. Indeed, the Real Madrid striker’s lawyer has confirmed that the latter has waived his right to appeal his conviction (one year suspended prison sentence and 75,000 euros fine) in the Mathieu Valbuena sextape case. .
Which means two things: the soap opera is finally over after seven years of twists and turns, and Benzema is indeed guilty in the eyes of justice. What pose a problem for Deschamps? The coach will certainly be questioned about this.
Two revenge teams
If France started their League of Nations campaign badly by losing Friday against Denmark (2-1), Croatia did not do better, since the compatriots of Modric were swept away by Austria at home ( 3-0). Suffice to say that the two teams will want to react on Monday.
The classification of group 1 of the League of Nations A:
1. Austria, 3 pts (+3)
2. Denmark, 3 pts (+1)
3. France, 0 pts (-1)
4. Croatia, 0 pts (-3)
Didier Deschamps back with the Blues
The French coach, who lost his father a few days ago, had given way to his deputy Guy Stéphan on Friday evening at the Stade de France during the match against Denmark. But “DD” found his troops this weekend, and will be well on the tricolor bench Monday evening in Split.
Welcome to this direct dedicated to the Blues. On the eve of Croatia-France, Monday evening (8:45 p.m.) on behalf of the second day of the League of Nations, coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris will speak to the press this Sunday. A conference to follow from 5 p.m.