Back with the selection, Didier Deschamps answered questions from journalists on the eve of Croatia-France in Split in the League of Nations.
Special Envoy to Split
His analysis of the game against Denmark
“I saw him live (he was absent due to a death in the family) and again afterwards of course to analyze certain details and in particular the two goals conceded (1-2 defeat against Denmark at the Stade de France). We must do better on the alignment (of the defense), the management of depth, especially when the ball carrier is not on target. This can be worked on and it can also happen in a defense at 4. The alignment is played out little by little, but in a defense at three, these three have to be aligned. These are situations that can be repeated, but in action, they are basic things. The danger is the depth when the carrier is off target and that can lead to chances and goals. »
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The Blues under pressure against Croatia
“There is no need to wait until tomorrow (Monday), we have known since Friday that it is a setback. Now, accident 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 a defeat, we want to bounce back and reverse the trend. »
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Maignan holder, in particular because of his kicking game?
“That Mike has a very good kicking game, yes, but I’m not going to go into your interpretation which would imply a lot of things (compared to Lloris). But it was already planned at the start of the week (that he is starting), Hugo was asked for all club matches, from the moment there are four matches, it is an opportunity to be able to distribute. There are no other analyzes (to be had), there are two very good goalkeepers. Hugo remains the captain and the holder. Mike will have the opportunity to have playing time. Presnel Kimpembe (present at the press conference) will therefore be captain. »
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The difficulties of depth management
“Ideally, you should leave nothing to the opponent. But whether there are 3 or 4, the problem may be the same. We have this ability to be dangerous and to score goals. At times we are less solid defensively, on similar actions. We have to do better, we work on it and we have to make sure to reduce this margin of error as much as possible so as not to offer the opponent an opportunity. »
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 by snapping our fingers that we can put everything back in place. He may have a period when he is less well, even if he has not been blue. Don’t worry, these end-of-season situations 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 having told you that… The matches follow one another (he blows), it is valid for our opponents as we have seen with Croatia against Austria (0-3 defeat at home). I will not judge Antoine or another player on a match.
The medical point on Mbappé
“I don’t want to go into the medical field, he has a problem due to a contusion which is not irreparable otherwise he would not have come with us to Croatia. He will not participate in the session today (Sunday), he will not be the only one because there will be 5 of them (Benzema, Coman, Kanté, Koundé) in this case for small problems. »
What he expects from Ben Yedder
“As I told you before the meeting, one of the objectives of this series of four matches is to give players playing time. Wissam will play with his qualities, which is why he comes regularly because he is an effective scorer in his register, very skilful in the short game, and in the finish with quick sequences. »
No appeal from Benzema in the sextape affair
“No, I haven’t talked to him about it and I’m sorry but I’m not going to talk about that today. We have a match to prepare for and that’s the most important thing. »
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