LIVE – French Team: Deschamps announce Kimpembe will be captain against Croatia

This is the end of this press conference

The Blues now have an appointment for a training session at 6 p.m.

Deschamps in the Croatian team

“I saw Croatia’s match against Austria. There was a greater freshness and dynamism among the Austrians. This Croatian team, we are used to playing it, there are many qualities, very high level players. They will have the same goal If we are after a defeat they will want to start on the right foot.”

Deschamps on the League of Nations

“It’s a great competition. We had the pleasure of winning the last edition. It is always better than friendlies. After that, the period is not ideal because we are at the end of the season. It has fatigue and wear, it is not ideal but it’s the calendars. You have to manage the organisms and the psychological aspect. It’s clear that not all players are at 100%. We will only have one rally in September for the World Cup. We adapt. It’s the same for all selections.”

“We have to do better defensively,” admits Deschamps

“Ideally, we don’t want to leave anything to the opponent. But the opponent also has qualities. Whether we are three or four behind, the problem remains the same. Maybe we are less solid sometimes, but these are not the same situations. We have to do better We are working on it. We have to make sure that we reduce this margin of error as much as possible so as not to give the opponent any opportunities.”

Deschamps on the contribution of Ben Yedder

“One of the objectives in this series of matches is to give as many players as possible playing time. Wissam will play with the qualities that we know he has. In the finish, where he has fast sequences.”

Deschamps on Benzema’s legal concerns

“No, I haven’t talked to him about it and I’m not going to talk about it today. You can ask me the question again later. We have a match to prepare for.”

“We will try to come back”, announces Deschamps

“Since Friday night we know it is a setback. Now, accident or not? We did good things against Denmark, which is a very good team. We will try to come back, it will not be against Croatia. But the goal is make a good start. Busy or not, the goal remains the same. We want to reverse the trend.”

Deschamps on Mbappe injury

“He has a small problem from a bruise, which is not irreparable, otherwise he would not have come to Croatia with us. We will see for tomorrow, but there are still two games behind. He will not train today. Today, but I will wait until tomorrow to reconcile with the medical staff.”

Karim (Benzema), Kingsley (Coman), N’Golo (Kanté) and Jules (Koundé) are also affected.

Deschamps on Maignan’s tenure in Croatia

“Maignan has a very good foot game. But his tenure was already scheduled for the beginning of the week. Hugo (Lloris) has been called up all season by his club, Mike. This is an opportunity to divide the playing time “There is no further analysis. There are two very good keepers, but Hugo remains the captain and the starter. Mike gets the chance to have playing time.”

Deschamps on Griezmann’s battle

“It is not by snapping our fingers that we can put everything back in place. He may have a less good period, even though he has often been very good in the French team. There is no worry. The end of it season is complicated for many players.”

Kimpembe becomes captain in Croatia

Didier Deschamps just confirmed that.

Deschamps on the Blues’ defensive concerns

“When we concede goals, there are always things we need to do better, especially in terms of alignment and managing depth. We didn’t do well, we need to work on that.” must be aligned. These are situations that can be repeated. It’s something basic. If the ball carrier is not on goal, it is danger, c is the depth. †

Deschamps settles for the media

The coach of the French team is on hand to answer questions from journalists.

“We know what to correct,” Kimpembe . assures

“We are a great football country, with great players. We know what to correct. It’s the small details that make the difference, we are aware of that. We will have to work well tactically.”

Kimpembe on Benzema’s form

“I don’t need to talk about it. You’ve all known him for a while. Everyone is aware of the place he has and the leadership he brings to this team. He’s a great player and a great goalscorer. He succeeds still in to demonstrate it over the years.”

Kimpembe on his future at PSG

“Everyone knows the love I have for PSG. It’s mutual. I’ll be 27 in August, it’s a key moment in my career. For the club’s project. We’ll have to talk pretty soon.”

Kimpembe appears before the media

Kimpembe on his placement: “We always respect the coach’s choices. I can play in the axis or on the left. I put myself where the coach asks me. We will see. With three behind we have the option to go on the ball carrier You have to slide faster, but that’s not a problem. We’re used to playing like that, at club or national level.”

The Deschamps conference starts soon

On the eve of challenging Croatia in the League of Nations, Didier Deschamps will address the press. His intervention could start any moment…

Mike Maignan starts in Croatia

Now number 2 in the Blues, AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan will start in Croatia on Monday, replacing the usual number 1, Hugo Lloris. Maignan, who has excelled in Serie A this season, should therefore experience his 3rd selection at the age of 26.


Konaté joined the Blues

Since Friday evening we also hear the package from Raphaël Varane (left thigh) for the rest of the rally. The Manchester United defender has been replaced by Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool), who was first called up to the French A-team.

Benzema at the center of the debates?

If Karim Benzema scored a brilliant goal against Denmark on Friday, it is mainly in the courts that his name has been doing the rounds ever since. Indeed, the Real Madrid striker’s lawyer has confirmed that the latter has waived his right to appeal against his conviction (a one-year suspended prison term and a €75,000 fine) in the Mathieu Valbuena sextape case.

That means two things: The soap opera is finally over after seven years of twists and turns, and Benzema is indeed guilty in the eyes of the courts. What is a problem for Deschamps? The coach will certainly be questioned about this.

Two revenge teams

If France got off to a bad start in their League of Nations campaign by losing to Denmark (2-1 on Friday), Croatia fared no better as Modric’s compatriots were swept away at home by Austria (3-0). Suffice it to say, the two teams will want to respond on Monday.

The division of group 1 of the League of Nations A:

1. Austria, 3 points (+3)

2. Denmark, 3 points (+1)

3. France, 0 points (-1)

4. Croatia, 0 points (-3)

Didier Deschamps back with the Blues

The French coach, who lost his father a few days ago, had made way for his deputy Guy Stéphan on Friday evening in the Stade de France during the game against Denmark. But “DD” found his troops this weekend and will be sitting on the tricolor bench in Split Monday evening.

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Welcome to this dedicated directly to the Blues. On the eve of Croatia-France, Monday evening (8.45 pm) on behalf of the second day of the League of Nations, coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris address the press this Sunday. Followed by a conference from 5 p.m.