The Blues coach analyzed the success against Ireland (2-0) Thursday evening at the Parc des Princes.
At the Parc des Princes
His analysis of the game
“I can always be choosy, but we did everything to win the match, we had ten chances, with a compact defensive block in the middle. In the first half, we could have put more speed into the transmission. We score two goals, it’s the 5e match where we don’t take any too. And it’s not always Olivier Giroud or Kylian Mbappé who score goals, like in the first leg with Pavard. This takes us a little further. The only regret is the number of chances and only having scored two goals. We had a lot of shots from outside the area, we could have scored a few more. Overall I am very satisfied with what the players are doing, it’s a very good thing.”
“Kylian made a lot of effort, we also watch him a lot (on the pitch). He did very good things but at the end of the match, due to the accumulation of matches, it was a little more difficult for him.
The Hernandez brothers ociation
“I don’t know why you’re surprised (to see them lined up from the start), they’ve already played together. The initial idea, with Lucas slightly offset on the left side, allows Theo to be much higher, to participate in the game, he likes that and he has done a lot of back and forth. Lucas also has this intelligence to lock well behind. The left side performed very well.”
The great performance of Tchouaméni, scorer
“He has this ability to hit from afar, but above all what I appreciated, and that’s where I expect him the most, is in the recovery. In everything that is dual. He is capable of playing, moving around, widening the game. Aurélien was very good and formed a great doublet with Adrien (Rabiot). The France team can rely on these two players. As with Camavinga (entered in the second half). When you have five attacking players (Giroud, Mbappé, Dembélé, Griezmann and Théo), you can always project yourself, but you also need security.
“Olivier had a little problem with his ankle on the shot at the start of the match where he was blocked. He’s tough, he grits his teeth but he was limited. There was no point in continuing.”
His opinion on Thuram
“It’s very good for him (that he scored), afterward it’s never easy to come in. You will give me winning coaching (smile). Given the competition, it’s good that it performs well. He is a little more in Olivier’s profile compared to Randal (Kolo Muani). These are different options. Marcus is a support player, at Inter, he is squarely in a pair of attackers. He often had to play on a forward side. The most important thing is to score goals. Marcus has a good header and is capable of going deep. He’s a young man who has good room for improvement.”
“He has this ability to eliminate in his percussion, he doesn’t finish everything well. I found he had less waste than he had at times. He could have been rewarded. He has juice, legs, as he has both feet, he has this ability to overflow better.
Workforce review in Germany ?
“We are still on the road to obtaining our qualification. We have a prestigious match against Germany (Tuesday in Dortmund) then the Netherlands in October. We have to win matches, I have no illusions. I’m not here to try and we’re not going to go to Germany to see what the weather is like.”
The Blues’ room for improvement
“We have had an ideal run so far with five wins in five matches, no goals conceded. We’re not going to sleep on this. There are things to correct, but the base is strong. The quality is there, the state of mind too. I haven’t come up with the magic formula for a group that lives well, but it shows in training. We are on track to achieve our goal. And come on the Blues for tomorrow (Friday against the All Blacks at the start of the Rugby World Cup).”