“If we go there it is to win, in any other case it is ineffective”, formidable Pavard earlier than the World Cup

Benjamin Pavard spoke this Wednesday morning within the morning of RMC, earlier than the takeoff of the gamers of the French staff for Qatar and the World Cup. 4 years after the title of the Blues in Russia, the defender has the agency want to win a brand new star.

Benjamin, if we let you know June 30, 2018, 57th minute, what does that remind you of?

My strike essentially (in opposition to Argentina within the spherical of 16 of the World Cup, editor’s word), I’ve the picture which is framed at residence in a room. We see that it’s marked “57th, objective of Pavard” and we see with the trail of the ball. I’ve the picture at residence so it brings again good reminiscences.

And 4 years later, are we nonetheless speaking about it? Are you continue to being questioned on this, among the many supporters?

Sure, after all, as a result of it was an vital objective, it is also the very best objective of the World Cup, so it is a terrific reminiscence for everybody. As well as, it additionally allowed the staff to let go extra afterwards, so it is a second that’s vital for me but additionally for the staff and for all of the French folks.

As a result of earlier than this objective, there had solely been three, then there have been 9 others plus one within the France staff. Did this objective liberate you, make you need to search this gesture of perfection?

Under no circumstances. After me, I did not ask myself any questions. It is Lucas (Hernandez) who crosses, she comes again to me, I take her very properly, it was a second after we weren’t essentially superb within the match. As well as, I see behind, there was Greg Dupont with the substitutes too; you see their arms rising so afterwards unconsciously, I went to see the bench, I celebrated with the bench. However after the sport was not over so good that we gained the sport as a result of if I had made this strike and we had not gained, it could have been ineffective.

4 years in the past on the time you had been, we are able to say, a newcomer to the French staff, in any case not essentially very well-known to most people in 2018. At this time in 2022 you might be one of many survivors of this Mondial 2018, you might be barely 10 of the 2018 journey beginning at present in Qatar. Can we are saying that at present you might be a part of the France staff?

I am not going to say a body. I feel there are executives who’ve been there longer than me like Olivier (Giroud), like Hugo (Lloris), Raph (Varane), Grizou (Griezmann)… Lastly there are various who’re there for longer than me, after it is true that I’ve extra alternatives, I even have extra expertise on the excessive stage with my membership (Bayern Munich) the place I used to be in a position to play in main competitions, matches crucial. So it’s sure that now I’m now not the little teenager.

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Exactly, there are younger individuals who will expertise their first main competitors in Qatar throughout the France staff. At this time you might be ready the place you give them recommendation, what do you inform them?

No not essentially. I feel they’re very excessive stage gamers as a result of in any other case they might not be chosen. They’re additionally used to enjoying main competitions, whether or not the Champions League or the Europa League. Afterwards, in the event that they need to discuss to me, ask me for recommendation, that is what I am right here for. After an important factor is on the bottom: to be as environment friendly as attainable.

“A sick schedule for footballers”

You’re in the course of the season, there isn’t a preparation, there aren’t any pleasant matches, it should go in a short time, you are taking off simply now….

It is higher to not put together.

It is true that you just gamers favor that, chaining matches. However there, 5 days there to arrange for subsequent Tuesday’s match in opposition to Australia, would not that appear a bit sophisticated? Did the coach have any explicit phrases? As a result of after we discuss to him about it to Didier Deschamps, he says “there isn’t a preparation, take the phrase out of your mouth”.

After that we’re very excessive stage gamers, now we have been enjoying since September each three days, now we have seen that there are plenty of bodily glitches as a result of we’re not machines. For me it is a sick schedule for footballers. After us we adapt, it is true {that a} World Cup in November shouldn’t be simple with the warmth, the air-con, it isn’t simple however it’s a must to adapt. And we might be prepared to provide every thing to win this primary match which is vital.

There may be the query of the calendar with this World Cup in Qatar however there’s additionally the query of the context, now we have heard rather a lot about human rights. You may have simply introduced that relatively than T-shirts or armbands, you will assist NGOs. Is that this one thing you talked about within the band earlier than making this determination?

I feel that it is good. We had been in a position to speak about it collectively. I feel every thing is written within the letter. We solely speak about it now, however it’s been occurring for 10 years. You have seen every thing within the letter, now we will give attention to the pitch and the soccer and successful the video games and going so far as attainable.

Ought to I do that earlier than leaving?

I feel it is vital, we made a very good determination collectively so now we will focus solely on the pitch.

This World Cup is in winter, it is solely the second for you, it is a particular second: a really unusual schedule, the chance of harm, stuffed with questions. Are you going to disregard this?

We’re rivals. If the coach has taken gamers who had been injured earlier than, it signifies that they’re legitimate, it signifies that they will play, I feel, the primary match, after that it’s a must to ask him. I am not a health care provider however in any case everyone seems to be doing properly, everyone seems to be comfortable to be there, there’s actually a terrific ambiance so now we’re going, we will do every thing to win.

A primary recreation in opposition to Australia simply 5 days after your arrival, there will even be Denmark within the pool… It appears rather a lot like 2018, Australia, Denmark… Is {that a} good omen?

In fact, these are matches the place everybody sees us move quietly, however we mustn’t ever take the groups frivolously. There’s a first match in opposition to Australia, we noticed properly in 2018, we struggled, we had bother successful. Now we have to take recreation by recreation, we simply need to give attention to ourselves and play our soccer. There may be simply the sector that speaks and the outcomes.

Denmark impressed you? As a result of it is nonetheless twice that you’ve got damaged your tooth on this staff.

No, we all know very properly that it’s a superb staff which is united, which is powerful defensively, offensively which additionally has superb attackers. Afterwards, we simply need to give attention to ourselves, I feel that the difficulties we had earlier than, it is higher to have them earlier than than in the course of the World Cup. I feel we realized from these difficulties, in any case I hope so and I hope that it’ll go properly. Now we have an vital match as I mentioned, we should not consider Denmark, we should consider the primary match in opposition to Australia.

So goal first place, to keep away from Argentina within the spherical of 16?

We do not keep away from anybody, we play the matches to win them after we take what there’s to take. Anyway to go to the tip, it’s a must to beat everybody so there’s already a match, it’s a must to win it after which we are able to consider the second.

What’s the ambiance within the group and particularly what would be the playlist of the locker room? As a result of all of the supporters are questioning what the track might be, the soundtrack of the French staff till the ultimate…

Frankly I have no idea. After everybody listens to totally different types, if it was me it could relatively be the 80s, I hearken to a little bit of every thing myself. However the ambiance is nice, we’re all very comfortable to see one another once more. Now we will take pleasure in, I hope we will have a very good journey collectively.

This third star for the France staff, this second for you, do you concentrate on it? Whereas we all know that for a title holder it is all the time sophisticated to move the primary spherical…

It isn’t chilly within the again however we all know that we’re anticipated. Clearly we’re the France staff, now we have simply gained the World Cup 4 years in the past so we might be anticipated at every match. Now it is as much as us to focus solely on ourselves.

Simply to focus solely on you, while you depart like that for a protracted match, do you narrow every thing or do you watch social networks, the written press? Are you going to hearken to RMC?

Solely RMC!

Wonderful reflex. Are you delicate to what’s mentioned about you?

No, frankly we’re in our little bubble. Everybody has the correct to precise what they need, whether or not it is good or dangerous. We’re simply concentrating on the pitch and on the ambiance which will even be vital.

Seems to be like social media, is it attainable to do it, actually lower? Does not your entourage let you know “I noticed that”?

Unconsciously we are able to see it, however afterwards it simply should not have an effect on us. I feel we’re very excessive stage gamers, now we have all already been criticized in our careers and an important factor is to bounce again and carry out properly on the pitch.

You may have the sensation that this World Cup has been properly ready, that every thing will go properly, that the temperature distinction won’t impress anybody, that you’ll not be on trip even when you’ll not be very removed from a pool at your lodge and also you’re off to do one thing large?

If we go there, it is to win, in any other case there is not any level in going there, it is higher to remain at residence. So after we adapt, we all know {that a} World Cup in November shouldn’t be simple both. The temperatures we’re used to enjoying in summer season within the hottest climate we’re going to play there, so we’re rivals, we need to win and we are going to do every thing to take action and there might be no excuses .

If there was an opponent who scares you greater than the others? We talked about Argentina, Brazil… Is there a favourite or no less than a rival?

There are a number of favourites: there’s Argentina, there’s Belgium, there’s Spain. There are a number of, there are us.

You aren’t mentioning Germany?

There’s Germany too, however after that I am not going to say all of them. There are plenty of nice groups. Afterwards, there are all the time surprises, at every competitors, however we simply give attention to ourselves and do not take into consideration the remainder.

And personally the target is to place a volley within the quarter, within the half, within the ultimate? It can arrive when the strike of Pavard?

Truthfully, if I do not put on it and we win the World Cup, that fits me very properly, after that, if I can put on it, I am going to put on it, however I do not give attention to that. An important factor is to have a really compact block defensively, which is my function, to defend properly earlier than attacking and afterwards you by no means know, possibly put one again, in any case I do not do repair on it.

Interview by Jean ResseguiƩ and Charles Magnien

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