Didier Deschamps is a happy man. His charges were completely successful in their World Cup entry in Qatar, largely beating Australia (4-1), with a brace from Olivier Giroud who joined Thierry Henry in tackle goals (51). An almost perfect evening, without the injury of Lucas Hernandez. The coach gave his comments at a press conference.
What is your analysis of the fight and any news from Lucas Hernandez?
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We started well in the first minutes, but we scored an avoidable goal. The team responded well, scoring the equalizer, taking advantage, even though there was still some panic at the end of the first period. The second had more control. We made them defend themselves. Score four goals is good. This is a very good start for us. The first batch is important, it’s the decisive step. Congratulations to my group for answering those present, of course in difficulty because we were led, but this performance is at a good level, especially when we see other matches before. As for Lucas, we are waiting for the results, but I think they will be quite serious.
And Olivier Giroud broke the record. Did he think about it?
It has no weight. Besides the records, it’s what he does on the field, his efficiency. It is an important asset in offensive animation and band life.
Can the first 25 minutes be a foundational element for your team? Did you talk before the match about the Saudis who beat Argentina?
It’s not just the Saudis. They also watch matches. There is an enemy who is there. Lucas’ injury could have been psychological. As for the goal, we must do better. There are also younger players. We made a high quality copy.
How do you rate the performance of the hinge?
The loop is young compared to international experience. They lived together for a while, playing in Leipzig. They were consistent, good in fights, good in using the ball. They were durable.
What do you think of Kylian Mbappé’s performance?
Kilian was already among the best strikers in the world even before the competition. He is full of confidence, a lot of strength and serenity comes from him. I have been talking to him for a long time. I wasn’t worried because it was HIS competition. His ability to make a difference makes us feel good. If he adds more headlines… He is able to make a difference on his own, even if he is part of a collective. All the better! In attack it is very important to have him at this level.
There was no pressure. There was adrenaline. He has already done a lot of good things with us. He has had a very high performance in recent weeks with his club. He plays on balance, he is smart, he has volume, he scores with his head. Sometimes I even had to slow down.
What do you think of your new system?
Everything is being improved. Antoine Griezmann is present in everything he has done, in his technical precision, in his scope. He is in the middle, this is not a victim. These are adjustments. If I made this choice, then I placed a team that creates problems for the opponent. Maybe we were unbalanced because it’s new. When the players are smart, they talk about the same football.