Didier Deschamps: “We’ll go away with a four-man protection”

“Why did you choose 25 gamers (he may have taken 26)?
I imagine that taking 25 gamers offers us sufficient safety. The gamers who’re within the checklist are imagined to be match for the primary sport. This checklist might be made official subsequent Monday at 7 p.m., with the opportunity of altering the gamers till D-1 of our first match. (vs Australia, November 22) in case of damage.

Karim Benzema has missed numerous matches for the reason that begin of the season…
I spoke with Karim. If he was not on the sphere, it was as a result of he had two small bodily issues to handle. The medical employees exchanged. There isn’t a concern about his state of affairs and the deadlines which might be ours. In comparison with what the World Cup represents, he’s very vigilant. He did half-hour final week, he felt discomfort the following day or two days after. However I repeat, there may be nothing to fret about.

You might have chosen 9 defenders, together with 8 coaching centrals. Are we transferring in direction of a four-man protection?
I affirm it, we are going to begin with a four-man protection. It is all the time an extended reflection, numerous discussions with my employees. I additionally contemplate the emotions of sure gamers. It is crucial. Now we have achieved superb issues on this system (at three) however we had been additionally in problem. We had been fairly often out of stability. And I do know too nicely that to exist in an important competitors, it’s a must to be strong defensively. We should defend nicely, and defend higher, however to not the detriment of the offensive animation. I take this feature as a result of I’m satisfied that it’s higher, that it’s extra appropriate.

“I contemplate that they (the Hernandez brothers) present extra ensures. »

Does this option to go for a four-man protection clarify the non-selection of Jonathan Clauss?
I’m nicely conscious of his immense disappointment, identical to Lucas Digne. These are sporting decisions. So far as Jonathan is worried, the system is certainly the principle motive.

What prompted you to favor the Hernandez brothers (Lucas and Théo) to the detriment of Ferland Mendy and Lucas Digne on the left?
It’s a matter of competitors. If I make this selection, it’s as a result of I contemplate that they supply extra ensures.

The place are Presnel Kimpembe and Raphaël Varane?
Presnel might be accessible for the PSG match this weekend. For Raphaël, issues are getting in the appropriate course. He could also be accessible for the primary match (in opposition to Australia). He’s in a rehabilitation part. We all know the place they’re.

You might have typically defined that the three-man system made it doable to place Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema in the very best circumstances. How are you going to arrange yourselves?
You’re asking an excessive amount of of me, I cannot reply you. A kind of gamers shifting to at least one facet is an choice, sure. However there are others. I understand how we’ll begin, offered nothing unhealthy occurs. The best is to place all of the gamers in the very best place. However there could also be some small modifications.

“His state of affairs (that of Giroud) right this moment isn’t the identical as in the summertime of 2021”

Might you contemplate Antoine Griezmann as a midfielder with the return of this four-man protection?
Antoine is in an offensive function however he has this capacity to have a excessive quantity of play. Even when he’s offensive, that doesn’t forestall him from coming again very low, generally an excessive amount of for my style. In his membership he does it too. At instances he modifies place, he finds himself in a triangle in the course of the sphere, it doesn’t pose an issue for him. It is a stability to seek out.

You insisted that Olivier Giroud wouldn’t be on the World Cup if Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé had been accessible…
(he cuts) Did I say that ? You interpreted that. I’ve a place in relation to Olivier which isn’t particular to him. I’ve a phrase that is essential, it’s to adapt. To adapt is to not contradict oneself, it’s to consider the truth of the second. I have not modified in my head, however there are issues that, by way of discussions I’ve with Olivier, with different gamers, lead me to mirror. If I make this selection, it’s as a result of: one, I belief Olivier; and two, his state of affairs right this moment isn’t the identical as in the summertime of 2021. I’m not obtuse, narrow-minded. […] I belief him. He is aware of it. On the sphere and off the sphere.

You might have typically stated that you just had been reluctant to area 4 attacking gamers firstly of a high-level match. Have you ever modified your thoughts?
With 4 offensives, the stability is extra random. On 90 minutes, it might be an choice sooner or later. We is not going to have studs in entrance. When you have the ball, you do not have to fret. It offers selection. But when you do not have it, the defensive stability is extra sophisticated. It is not since you put extra forwards that you’ll rating extra targets. It is a matter of effectivity.

Do you’re feeling able to deal with this World Cup in the very best circumstances?
What are the very best circumstances? Have been we in the very best circumstances in 2018? Oh, in 2021 (the euro), we had been there ! We had been probably the most lovely, the strongest. There are difficulties, two main absentees with Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté… We’re in an advanced state of affairs but it surely’s the identical for all of the groups. There are a lot of injured, once more yesterday with (Sadio) Mane (Senegal). I’ve confidence on this group and I am positive they may do every little thing to battle. We should be thorough. However we might be there. The revealer is the competitors. Now we have a standing, OK, however that doesn’t give us a assure. I’m all the time of a optimistic philosophy. The power, the willpower, they’re there.

Is Mike Maignan positively forfeited for the World Cup?
If he’s not on the checklist, it’s as a result of it’s not doable for him to be operational in relation to the deadlines.

“You already know what the 2 gamers who aren’t there (Kanté and Pogba) signify when it comes to expertise, of management. »

There are numerous central defenders on this checklist… How are you going to take care of the disenchanted ones?
What I do know, and which humanly isn’t nice for me, is that already there, I made numerous disenchanted. The 25 are all very completely happy. All of them wish to be within the beginning XI on the twenty second (in opposition to Australia), but it surely is not going to be doable. The administration of gamers who play little or in no way… our goal is to not lose anybody. Regarding them requires sport time. Will all of them have it? Ideally, sure. They may all be at the least on the rating sheet. On the Euro, you needed to ship three to the stands. I’ll want everybody. We do not know what can occur.

Benjamin Pavard appears to be the one right-back…
That is your impression, your interpretation. This isn’t the one one. I had lengthy discussions with the gamers who will play in the appropriate lane (Pavard and Koundé), they know what I count on of them. I am not right here to persuade you.

Are you able to be a world champion with such a younger and inexperienced midfielder?
I haven’t got the reply, nobody can have it. It’s actuality. I do not wish to add extra as a result of I belief them. You already know what the 2 gamers who aren’t there (Kanté and Pogba) signify when it comes to expertise, of management. Fortuitously, these gamers (Tchouaméni, Fofana, Guendouzi, Veretout…) have had enjoying time. It is not going to offer them the expertise that Paul (Pogba) and NG (Kanté) can accumulate, but it surely’s all the time that. They may do every little thing. Paul and NG didn’t occur in a single day. Doubtlessly they’ve what it takes.

“(For goalkeeper quantity 2) I do know it however I’ll first inform these involved earlier than telling you. »

Who might be goalkeeper quantity 2?
I do know it however I’ll inform these involved first earlier than telling you.

Why did you name Mandanda who was not there throughout all of the earlier gatherings?
As a result of he’s an skilled participant. Steve made positive to proceed to be aggressive. […] There might be a hierarchy, after all.

A phrase on the number of Ibrahima Konaté?
Ibou is among the younger defenders. Sadly, he had two accidents, one a bit lengthy. We’re not at that age a holder in Liverpool and European champion by probability. Doubtlessly, he has many qualities. He has a top quality heading sport, he’s good within the duel, he’s quick, he’s quite skilful with the ball.

Did you hesitate to pick Eduardo Camavinga?
I do not take heed to rumours, in any other case I feel I would be taking tubes of aspirin day by day. Eduardo instantly confirmed very attention-grabbing issues when he got here with us. It was extra sophisticated afterwards, he’s in a membership with numerous competitors, he’s typically used as a joker. What penalizes him in his growth isn’t having extra enjoying time. However he’s at Actual Madrid. He solely has internationals in entrance of him. He would not do every little thing nicely, however regardless of every little thing, one thing occurs when he’s on the pitch. It may be utilized in completely different positions. After which he has a top quality mindset. He’s somebody who all the time has a smile.

Within the final three editions, the reigning world champion has been eradicated within the group stage (Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014 and Germany in 2018)…
I am going to take one other tube of aspirin. You wish to undermine my morale, proper? It exhibits the issue and the requirement of the excessive stage. Successful is troublesome. Maintain on, much more. Just one wins each 4 years. We’re not going to go there by telling it to one another.

Can Adrien Rabiot occupy a progressive place, like Blaise Matuidi in 2018?
He has already achieved it at Juventus Turin. He performed in several positions. At present, his growth leads him to have a wider palette. I just like the method he used to outline himself: a stability participant. For a coach, that has numerous worth. And for a coach too. »


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