“Being in competitors along with your brother, within the World Cup, is large”, savors in an interview with AFP Lucas Hernandez, “proud” to defend the title of the Blues together with his youthful brother Theo. “I solely really feel happiness inside me, no different emotions.”
Q: Taking part in a second World Cup at 26, is it much less stress, rather less carefree?
A: “I am a participant who isn’t very harassed. I do not know if it is a high quality or a fault! Even in 2018, I wasn’t too harassed. On this World Cup, I arrive with a whole lot of need, with out stress, with a whole lot of feelings, with the possibility of having the ability to compete in a World Cup with my brother. I really need this competitors to begin.”
Q: You can have missed it with a muscle damage in mid-September. Did you concern him?
A: “No, I’ve at all times been assured. At the beginning, the damage appeared much less (severe) than it was. With the medical workers and the bodily coach, we labored very effectively on the membership and that enables me to be right here at this time. (…) I did not know if I used to be going to be on the record. I used to be impatient, watching my TV with my household to see if I used to be there or not. When my title appeared it was an awesome satisfaction, much more by seeing that of my brother.”
Q: You’re the second siblings, after Jean and Lucien Laurent in 1930, to signify France within the World Cup. What does it signify?
A: “It is large, an unbelievable second, which can stay for all times! Dwelling a World Cup along with your brother, it is unbelievable. It is time to have enjoyable, to reap the benefits of this case and to attempt to get as excessive as potential. Whether or not it is my brother or the entire workforce, all of us have the identical objective: to attempt to attain this remaining and produce this World Cup again.”
Q: France-Soccer journal printed a survey on your loved ones historical past. Did this have an effect on you?
A: “No, I have never learn it, however I talked about it with my household. My brother and I, we’re 100% behind our mom, behind our household. If we’re right here at this time, it’s due to them.”
Q: What do you will have in frequent with Theo and what makes you completely different?
A: “We each have this anger to win. Afterwards, he’s a way more attacking participant than me who’s far more defensive. We’re two gamers enjoying in the identical place, however utterly completely different.”
Q: He scored a objective in his 2nd choice match and also you, none in 32 picks. Are you jealous?
A: “(Laughs) It is true that scoring targets is just not my sturdy level! I hope that objective will arrive on the World Cup, it will be one thing incredible.”
Q: Didier Deschamps was clear: you may be in competitors with Theo for the left-back place. Between brothers, no reward?
A: “Being in competitors along with your brother, for a World Cup, it is one thing large, an unbelievable satisfaction. It is an honor for me to have the ability to compete with my brother. If it is as much as me to play, I’d be very pleased to have the ability to take part. However whether it is as much as my brother to do it, I’d be nearly even happier. To see my brother on the pitch… I need to really feel that satisfaction of having the ability to see my brother enjoying in a World Cup. I solely really feel happiness inside me, no different emotions.”
Q: How do you reside with this return to a four-man protection? Not disillusioned to play on the aspect?
A: “At Bayern currently I have been enjoying extra within the center, nevertheless it’s a place that I do know completely effectively. I’ve already began a match within the center and completed on the left, for me it is there isn’t any drawback, I’ve benchmarks in each positions. It is the coach’s determination to play 4, we’re all behind him. It is one of the simplest ways to go so far as potential, we’re going do something for.”
Q: The protection rocked in June and September, therefore this tactical possibility. Does it provide you with extra stability?
A: “Recently, defensively, we have not been very strong. With this four-back system, I feel we might be extra so. It is a system that fits us effectively, we had been world champions with in 2018. Will probably be as much as us to be sturdy and strong as a result of, if we’re sturdy defensively, we have now the standard to make the distinction offensively always.”
Q: You might be very near Benjamin Pavard at Bayern and within the choice. It will be good to do the 2018-2022 double with him…
A: “For us, for France and all of the gamers, it will be one thing unbelievable. We have now all the things for it, it is as much as us to point out it on the pitch. By getting into the pitch and exhibiting solely our jersey , we’re not going to win matches. We should give all the things, be very aggressive. Will probably be soccer matches but additionally fights, it is going to be as much as us to win them.”
Feedback collected on Tuesday by Jérémy TALBOT.