Back with a selection, Didier Deschamps answered questions from journalists on the eve of Croatia-France in Split within the League of Nations.
Special Envoy to Split
His analysis of the match against Denmark
“I saw him live (he was missing due to death in the family) and then of course re-analyze certain details and especially the two goals scored (a 1: 2 defeat against Denmark at the Stade de France). We need to orient ourselves (defense), manage depth, especially when the ball carrier is not in the goal. You can work on that and it can happen in a 4-member defense. The leveling is played slightly, but in a three-member defense, the three must be leveling. These are situations that can be repeated, but in action they are basic things. Danger is the depth when the carrier is off target, and this can lead to chances and goals. »
Blues under pressure against Croatia
“No need to wait until tomorrow (Monday), we know from Friday that it has stopped. Whether it’s a coincidence or not, we did some good things against Denmark, but against a very good team it came down to the end of the match. After the defeat, we want to bounce back and reverse the trend. »
Maignan holder, especially because of his digging game?
“Mike has a very good digging game, yes, but I’m not going to run into your interpretation, which would suggest a lot of things (compared to Lloris). But it was scheduled as early as the beginning of the week (that begins), Hugo was asked for all club matches, since there are four matches, there is an opportunity to give away. There are no further analyzes (it is necessary), there are two very good goalkeepers. Hugo remains captain and holder. Mike will have the opportunity to play, so Presnel Kimpembe (present at the press conference) will be the captain. »
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Difficulties of depth management
“Ideally, you shouldn’t leave anything to your opponent.” But whether they are 3 or 4, the problem may be the same. We have the ability to be dangerous and score goals. Sometimes we are less solid on the defensive, at similar events. We need to do better, we work on it and we need to ensure that this error rate is reduced as much as possible so that we do not offer our opponents a chance. »
If he’s worried about Griezmann’s form
“You have your analysis, your comments and yes, it does not come in the best possible conditions and it is not a snap of our fingers so that we can put everything back in place. He may have a period when he’s worse, even if he wasn’t blue. Don’t worry, these situations at the end of the season are complicated for many players after a busy year. There are injuries and these elements are necessarily less fresh than others that have been used less. After I told you that… The matches are over (he blows), what we saw with Croatia against Austria applies to our opponents (defeat 0: 3 at home). I will not judge Antoine or another player in the match.
Medical place at Mbappé
“I don’t want to go to the medical field, he has a problem with bruising, which is not irreparable, otherwise he would not go to Croatia with us. He will not attend the meeting today (Sunday), he will not be the only one, because in this case there will be 5 of them due to small problems (Benzema, Coman, Kanté, Koundé). »
What he expects from Ben Yedder
“As I told you before the meeting, one of the goals of this series of four matches is to give players time to play. Wissam plays with his qualities, which is why he commutes regularly, because he is an effective shooter in his register, very skilful in a short game and ending with fast sequences. »
No appeal from Benzema in the sextape affair
“No, I didn’t talk to him about it and I’m sorry, but I won’t talk about it today.” We have a match ahead of us that we need to prepare for, and that is the most important thing. »
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