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Euro 2021: Lucas Hernandez thinks that France "can get very far"


The left side behind the goal against Germany believes that the France team has again the weapons to go to win the title of

From Budapest where the Blues arrived on Wednesday evening, Lucas Hernandez answered questions from the media by videoconference.

Relaxed and visibly little affected by the intense battle against the Germans, he is already looking forward to the match against Hungary where this time the stadium will be full.

What game do you expect on Saturday against Hungary?


Defensively the Hungarians do not leave much space, moreover the Portuguese struggled for 80 minutes.

And offensively, they have players who can hurt us.

So we'll have to stay focused and watch out for their counters.

How do you go from a match at 9 p.m. against Germany to a match at 3 p.m. against Hungary?

It changes but we adapt.

We bring lunch forward, and we practice according to the schedule of the match.

We only have two days to get used to it, but I'm used to it because in Germany we often play at that time.

Do you have the feeling that you have transmitted your winning spirit to this French team?

Transmitted no.

I like to give my all in every game, but my teammates are competitors too.

Each of us knows what to do at each point in the game.

We're all prepared enough for this.

We know that we will have to be aggressive, quite simply because these are the great nations that we are facing.

And by being aggressive and united, it is easier for us.

After this success against Germany, do you think you are scaring your opponents?

No we are not scary, but we are a very big team.

We show that we can get far, after that it's up to us not to deviate from our path.

But it will have to be shown against Hungary, and it will not be easy in a full stadium.

It will be another battle.

But I love it, I play football for it, for these incredible atmospheres

We felt the French team very sharp against Germany.

Do you think that physical condition will play a major role during this Euro?

The physical is a very important basis.

We prepared very well for two weeks at Clairefontaine.

It was not easy, but it pays off today.

It was seen in the first game.

This competition is long, very long, and it is true that physically it will be hard.

It's up to us to continue like this.

We compare this defense to 2018. Where have you progressed and what does the arrival of Presnel Kimpembe change in place of Samuel Umtiti?

The group has changed from 2018, but the mindset is still the same.

The idea is always to help his teammate if he is in difficulty.

All players have this mentality.

Presnel, I know him well because we played in U21 together.

He is a very great player.

In the field he helps me a lot, he tells me when I should go out or stay put.

We have very good complementarity,.

How has your game evolved in recent years?

With Atlético de Madrid, it was very tactical.

Since my arrival at Bayern Munich, I have learned a lot in terms of ball possession and offensive complementarity.

Even if it was not seen too much in the first game, because I had a very defensive role.

For now I continue to pick up the pace after my little knee problem during the preparation.

Can you decipher the action of the goal on Tuesday against Germany?

In training we worked on it a bit.

We knew that Germany's defense was slipping a lot.

From the moment I saw Paul receiving the ball on the right side, I knew I was going to be on my own and had to take the deep call.

After his ball was magnificent and I wanted to make a strong cross at ground level.

We train for this type of action, and it paid off.

Were you afraid for Benjamin Pavard when he fell after his shock with Robin Gosens?

Benjamin I know him very well.

He received a blow and it is true that the images could have made one think of something dramatic.

But in the field, he knew what was going on and where he was.

Afterwards, the Germans were very aggressive and we had to respond present, which we did.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-06-20

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