At a press conference this Saturday in Copenhagen, before facing Denmark on Sunday evening, Didier Deschamps gave an update on the state of the troops. He also gave his state of mind while several cases (Pogba, FFF …) agitate the news around the Blues.
Are all the players physically fit?
DIDIER DESCHAMPS. Some may have a la carte training today. Ousmane (Dembélé) felt a slight discomfort in the calf, he will train separately, we will take stock afterwards.
Are you going to turn over?
I will not change for the sake of changing, but there will be changes. I haven’t decided yet and won’t decide tonight. I must have the return of the medical and also want to discuss with the players. The objective remains the same: we are in a logic of performance as against Austria to confirm. We must expect a committed match.
What to say about the importance of Raphaël Varane?
He’s been part of the executives for a while. He has this experience, even if he was not there at the Euro (2016) with his injury, he is important by his career and his leadership too. He may have had less happy times like any player. It was the case with his club too, but he has prepared well and feels much better. He has an important place in club or in the French team.
Will Alphonse Areola start and how do you view his career?
Yes (he will hold). For the second part of the question, everyone will make their own judgment. Sometimes there are outfield players who don’t play and who start with us. I will take you an example that you will like or not: Olivier (Giroud). A few months and a few years ago, it was not necessarily the same truth. Alphonse was more or less a starter in the clubs he went through. There, it is true that he is not a starter but every time he plays he performs well. He has few selections, but a little experience with us. Returning at half-time as he did (Thursday) is a specific situation. Alphonse is there because he has quality. He obviously aspires to have more playing time at the club, but every time he plays he performs well.
Are you going to review your judgment on a list of 26 given the hecatomb of wounded which affects the Blues?
I have time to think about this and I have a certain margin between 23 and 26. If I think it’s better… I’ll take one more example, maybe bad for you. At the Euro there were 26 of us, we had two injured players and luckily Adrien was there to help on the left. This is not why we will be stronger for all that. There are still 11 spots left in the field. I don’t have all the data. When I know all the available players, I can tell you a little more.
Can the support given by the Varane and Mbappé executives to Olivier Giroud support his candidacy for the World Cup?
There is a lot of support for Olivier, because he deserves it. Don’t interpret what I’m going to say. I will never implicate, and never have, a player in the selection of another. At a certain period, if he had been able to have this support… It is up to him to maintain this level of performance, I know what he is capable of doing. he has affinities with some more than others. he has always had a collective spirit. Response in early November!
Are “extra sports affairs” polluting your work?
Believe me or not, but nothing and no one can disturb my peace. Afterwards, it’s better if there are fewer extra-sporting debates because we have a big competition waiting for us. For X reasons, it may take more places. I understand that the attention is on it. I am focused on short-term objectives before projecting myself on what awaits us.
Do you feel a rise in power in Antoine Griezmann?
He is good psychologically and athletically. With the limited playing time he has had, he remains decisive nonetheless. Obviously it’s better for him, for us, that the situation evolves, but he can have periods of less well. Players like him who have lived, even if they are not in the best of conditions, have the ability to show and give the best each time for this shirt.