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World Cup: turnover, "ego" of Mbappé, Tunisian supporters: the words of Deschamps before France-Tunisia


The coach of Les Bleus answered questions from the media on the eve of France-Tunisia, the third and final group match.

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Griezmann's contribution with the Blues

“We had two matches, you are able to judge Antoine's performance beyond what he can do and do very well, in a role that suits him very well.

He is in full possession of his athletic abilities, in his head he is good too.

The player has always been like that, with great influence in the game, a large volume of play which allows him to be present in the offensive and defensive phases.

It is not a sacrifice (that he is a torchbearer), he takes as much pleasure in making a tackle as an offensive pass.

His intelligence in the game allows the team to have a good balance between the offensive and defensive phase.


Injuries and new generation

"I don't like to talk about myself.

Thank you for rejuvenating me.

I was not young in fact in 98, with a lot of people in their thirties… There are younger people because of the absence of executives.

They don't have the international experience but the skills and everything you need to be at the top level, just look at their clubs… The potential is there.

They must be supervised precisely by more experienced managers.

But the potential is there.

These are the adjustments to be made.

Their merit is to put themselves at the level of the competition.

A group is an alchemy between quality, more experienced and younger players.


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How he intends to rotate against Tunisia

“The data is never totally identical, we have the assurance of being in 8th and not having the need to go for a point in absolute terms.

It's an international World Cup match, with Tunisia playing its qualification.

We want to get the best possible result, this situation allows me to be in management.

There are no risks to take, these are discussions with the players, I want their own feelings.

I will make a decision tomorrow (Wednesday), but yes, there will be changes.

You won't know it, and the adversary won't know it either… Installing the adversary in comfort, no, I'm not in comfort.

The whole group is concerned, all are fit to be able to play this match, but I have to take into account the two matches in four days.


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If he has to spare Mbappé's physique or ego by putting him on the bench against Tunisia

“(Annoyed) If I go that way, I translate your question.

His physique is fine, we must not spare him.

His ego?

What do you know about it?

Does he want to play?

You don't know me though.

Kylian has no ego, well he's important but he's always been part of a collective framework.

He is no longer 18, he wants to play, the other 24 too.

They won't all start it.

You can think or imagine things, before making the decisions, I have data that you cannot have because it is live.


The dynamics of the Blues

“It comes with the results, Brazil and Portugal have won their two matches too, that gives us a margin.

We don't want to overuse this third game, without having any obligation.

The dynamic is important internally, it's very high level, the World Cup.

Tomorrow's game won't change anything and won't give more or less for the round of 16.

This meeting is important but not decisive.

For the players, it is also important.


If Camavinga will play as a left-back

“Ask me if he is going to play tomorrow (Wednesday), it will be easier (smile).

I won't tell you (if Camavinga will start), I have other options for this position with Adrien Rabiot who has already played in this position, Jules Koundé was able to make up for absences from time to time, they are not specialists, but there are possible alternatives.


His opinion on Tunisia

“We follow them, we observe them.

I know them well.

I am not in the place of the coach, who can play the qualification and will play it thoroughly.

It has different choices.

This team has quality and a lot of players who are or have gone through the L1.

The players know them too.

With a very favorable context for Tunisia.

Tomorrow we will be outside.

There is this fervor, this passion, this enthusiasm, which comes in addition to the quality of this team.

Tunisia has a clear objective to hope to continue the competition.

U.S. too.

So it's hard for both teams to be happy at the end of the match.

If Mandanda will be the holder

“Aurélien (Tchouaméni, present at a press conference just before him) will not be captain (it will be Raphaël Varane).

You deduce what you want from it.

There is no obligation to bring the captain to a press conference, it takes energy to weigh your words.

Hugo is available.

I have a reflection like for all the other players.

I did not answer, but it does not matter (smile).

Source: lefigaro

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