Forced to bring the Blue back up at half-time on Friday against Austria in the Nations League, the coach compared this sequence to his famous rant during the Saudi Arabia-Argentina match at the 2022 World Cup.
Annoyed by the dull first period of the French women’s football team, against Austria (3-0)Hervé Renard recognizes that the walls of the locker rooms have “a little shook» at half-time, before emphasizing the realism of his team.
“Thirteen points out of fifteen (possible) is good. There is one match left. Qualification for the Final Four is ured. So congratulations to them because they worked well“, said the coach, all smiles after the match.
But when it was time to enter the locker room at the break, even though the Blues were in the lead (1-0), the mood was much less cheerful.
“A little bit. We were not satisfied“, he admitted when asked if the walls shook in the locker room during the break.
“The feeling that you always have to put a little pressure on”
Criticizing the lack of determination of his players for 45 minutes, he raised his voice and captain Wendie Renard also spoke, he said.
“We have the impression that we always have to put a little pressure on. I felt like I was with the Saudis“, he added in reference to a famous rant during the Argentina-Saudi Arabia break of the last World Cup, where he vehemently asked one of his players responsible for defending Lionel Messi s he didn’t want to ask the Argentinian for an autograph.
Fortunately, the second act was much better and “we showed realism this evening, something we failed to do against Norway (0-0)“, he emphasized as a good point.
He also highlighted the successful return of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, substitute but scorer, after a year and a half of unavailability due to injury, or the good performances of Amandine Henry in the middle and Griedge Mbock in defense.
“These are the girls we missed. Today, they bring this additional maturity and experience which is enormous“, he detailed.
On Katoto, that he “hesitated a lot» to tenure, he admitted knowing “that it is not 100% but it is good to taste again at the international level“.
“She measures the progress she still has to make but she is aware of it, that’s the most important thing.“, he continued, believing that his goal “will give him more confidence.