Basque Didier Deschamps became Normand this Friday!
Before facing Hungary in Budapest for the second match of the Blues at Euro 2021, the coach had this response when discussing his composition: "I can field the same team or make some changes."
Maybe yes, maybe not.
The answer will be given on Saturday before a very hot match (33 degrees announced) in a full stadium in Budapest.
What does the programming of the match at 3 p.m. change for you?
We adapt to that schedule.
This has been the case since the day after the match in Germany.
We stick to the match schedule.
It brings about changes in relation to lunch, to sleep.
It's a generation that tends to go to bed a little late (smile).
Is Griezmann the first technical leader?
He is one of the technical leaders thanks to his goals, his assists.
He has this faculty of giving of himself if, at times, he also makes too much defensive effort.
He has that in him.
I don't want to take that away from him, especially since that doesn't prevent him from keeping his offensive efficiency.
Griezmann will play his 50th game in a row under your command.
What does that say about its importance to you?
He's a great professional.
He was spared injuries even though he had a little trouble after the last friendly.
You only have to look at his statistics to see the influence he has in the France team.
And we must add his capacity in the volume of play. He is one of the very best European and world players.
Are you tempted to change your laterals after the physical worries of Lucas Hernandez or Benjamin Pavard?
I confirm that Lucas had a little problem during the preparation and it was well managed.
Benjamin Pavard had this shock but which had no consequences.
There is no concern about the freshness and availability of these players.
You concede few goals from set pieces.
Is this an aspect that you particularly work on?
We are not going to talk too much about things that work because in general the next day it changes… We spend time there, like side kicks, corners, distant free kicks, closer, zone marking, individual… After , it depends on the quality of the head game, who hits.
These are important phases today.
We are going to fall facing a team that uses that well.
It's up to us to continue to be efficient.
Offensively, it also depends on what the opponent offers.
Some are athletic.
We saw it against Bulgaria, with six or seven players who are 1.90 m or more.
We need a respondent.
I also have the privilege of having a respondent on my team.
Is it easy to ignore the political context?
When you play sports, you don't play politics.
Let's leave it in its place.
It's a football game.
The Hungarians will not be driven by politics, neither will we.
It doesn't exist in our mind.
A full stadium is an advantage for the Hungarian team.
They were a draw until the 80th ... They take an unfortunate first goal before taking two more.
They are very well organized.
The presence of an Italian coach has a lot to do with it.
Can you afford to rest a few frames?
Ask me which team I'm going to field, maybe it's easier (smile). The first group match is important but never decisive. The advantage of having this victory in the first game can allow us to be qualified after two games. We have this possibility, it is a first objective. There will also be a third game. I think step by step. I am not preparing the second with the third in mind. We can put the same team or make some changes.