Didier Deschamps after the victory of the Blues against Austria: "Giroud is doing everything to be at the World Cup"



“Is it a reassuring match?
There is nothing better than victory. She fled from us in June. It's been a complicated time, but tonight (Thursday) players were rewarded. They are competitors. No matter who is there, there are duties and obligations in the France team. We are lucky to have had a great atmosphere for our last game of the calendar year at home. In June, it didn't go well, so it's a very nice evening.

“Our travels did not give this team time to organize itself”

Olivier Giroud has scored again, he is two goals behind Thierry Henry... How to interpret the public's ovation?
It's not for me to interpret. Olivier deserves it, I'm very happy for him. He had difficult periods at club and he has always performed well with us. If I call him, it's for him to score goals. And he had many combinations.

Does that change your thinking about taking him to the World Cup?
He must continue to perform well. But don't interpret what I say. Did I say he would be there or not? No. But he does everything to be there. There is competition in all positions. I can have the margin by taking 26 players. But so much the better to see it like that. I will have time to think.

You went back to a three central system, what did you think of it?
We were efficient and solid defensively. Apart from half a chance, we really left nothing to this team, which had caused us more problems in June at home. With less preparation time and uncertainty about the opponent's system too. Jonathan Clauss brought a lot of things, we saw him perhaps higher than Ferland Mendy because we often saw Kylian Mbappé on the left. I expected that we would have more difficulty against the 4-4-2 but our travels did not give this team time to organize themselves.

You have two new injuries, is this the consequence of the calendar?
We had a lot before, we lose two... The reasons are the accumulation and the short recovery time. There is not a match, in club or here, which allows the players to be quiet. We weren't spared but having two more is a lot. I hope to have none in two months.

But there were new ones who performed...
There are players who have already had this experience. As long as they stay at the highest level with their club, they are there to supervise the youngest. For them, it is necessary to manage the emotional aspect. It depends on the character of each other. But there is the potential and when they are well supported by the elders, there is a lot of competition.

How do you judge the performances of Benoit Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana?
A lot of serenity and confidence. Some have experience and more complicated beginnings. They play in L1 but also in international competitions, it's an acceleration for them. »



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