Benjamin Pavard presented himself at a press conference this Friday, in Clairefontaine, just like his teammate Wissam Ben Yedder, before the training session scheduled at 5.30pm.
Thus, the defender of Bayern was able to discuss his return to Munich on Tuesday evening for the entry into contention of the Blues at the Euro against Germany.
Tuesday's France-Germany looks like a Franco-German match between Bayern players.
Is it hard to sort things out when you're up against friends?
They are friends in the club, but there will be my opponents.
If I have to set foot, I would.
This first match against Germany is very exciting, in addition to Munich.
It won't be an easy match against a very good team, but we will approach this match as usual, without putting ourselves under any particular pressure.
Is Germany below the level of recent years?
Not below, no.
They had one less shot, but they are coming back forward after recalling players like Hummels and Müller.
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Do you fear the return of the supporters on Tuesday evening?
We expect that, to be able to play in front of supporters!
They can boo or treat us, that's okay.
I will defend this jersey, I will fight for this rooster, and I will do everything to win in Munich with the France team.
Do you think that Olivier Giroud does not have the recognition he deserves in selection?
I think Olivier is Olivier.
He had a hard time and every time he got up.
He is still efficient, he continues to score goals.
We are very close, we get along very well with him, I was very happy to give him an assist (
Editor's note: against Bulgaria
Against Bulgaria on Tuesday, Benjamin Pavard was a decisive passer on Olivier Giroud's first goal.
LP / Arnaud Journois
How is the atmosphere in this France team?
Everyone gets along well.
You can see it in practices which are open to the press.
It's laughing, we also know how to be serious when necessary.
There is a really great atmosphere.
We highly valued the Griezmann-Mbappé-Benzema trio.
Isn't it risky to value some players more than others?
We have qualities everywhere.
Up front, of course, we have very good players.
But also on the bench.
You talk about those three, these are the coach's choices.
On the pitch or on the bench, there is great quality and everyone can start.
Three years after joining the Blues, do you consider yourself a manager?
I won't say I'm an executive as some have been there for many years.
But over time, I feel more and more important.
I've been feeling good for three years, it's always a pleasure to play for this French team.
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How is Karim Benzema doing and will he be able to play against Germany?
He's better, he took a crutch.
For the next match you will have to ask the coach, it's not me who makes the line-up.
When he got injured this winter, did Corentin Tolisso think it was over for the Euro?
Coco is a great professional, he's a great guy.
We are really close to Bayern and the French team.
When he had this injury (
Editor's note: left thigh
), we were all sad for him.
He came back stronger.
People doubted him, but he didn't.
He was determined to get back as soon as possible.
He did it with his mind.
He is very efficient when he plays with Bayern and in the France team.
He has a lot of qualities, but it is the coach who will decide if he puts it on or not.
I think it's a puzzle for the coach.
Is the favorite label difficult to wear?
For me, we are not the only favorites.
There is Portugal, Germany, Belgium too.
We must not believe we have arrived, we must take game after game, and we will see… We are of course one of the favorites, but we are not the only ones.
Is Didier Deschamps the most important coach of your career?
This is one of the most important.
Afterwards, I also think of René Girard who gave me my chance at 18, in Lille which will remain my favorite club forever.
It's going very well with the coach, there is a real bond.
If he has to face it to me, he does.
He made me evolve a lot.
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Defense had been one of the French forces at the World Cup in Russia.
Is she as strong today?
For me, yes. We stay on four clean sheets, it's not bad. I hope we will continue this series. Samuel Umtiti did a good job in Russia, but as you know he had knee problems. It doesn't matter who the coach puts on, if we're there, it's because we deserve it.