Didier Deschamps before France-England: “Kylian will always remain Kylian”

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Didier Deschamps before France-England: “Kylian will always remain Kylian”

“Your players seem very zen before facing England, are they ready to ‘explode’ on Saturday?
No, that’s not the right term. There is zenitude, calm and serenity from the start. There, it’s a World Cup quarter-final, but there’s nothing to stress about. It’s only happiness, pleasure, with obviously the objective of going to the last four.

Will speed be the key factor in this match?
This is often the key. When you go fast, the opponent has less time to organize themselves, even if it takes something other than speed to score. This English team is very successful in the transition phases, where it has scored more than half of its goals. But she doesn’t just have that quality, she has a lot of it in the game, and she’s capable of scoring from a set piece too.

The English media have identified Hugo Lloris as the weak point of the France team. What is England’s?
They don’t, so it’s clear (smile). Each team has strengths and things they may not be doing well. Whether it’s me and my staff or Gareth Southgate on his side, we have information (on opponent) on situations, different player profiles, at the start or during the match. Afterwards, it’s a balance of power. We must use what they have been able to do in previous matches and identify, not flaws, but certain aspects where we can hurt them.

“Kylian has this ability to be able to make a difference. Even in the last game, where he was not in his best form compared to the first two, he was still decisive. »

Can the Blues suffer from Mbappé-dependence and what can you do if he is well taken or if he has a day without?
I imagine England will arrange (against him), like our previous four opponents. Afterwards, Kylian has this ability to be able to make differences. Even in the last game, where he was not in his best form compared to the first two, he was still decisive. Kylian will always remain Kylian, with this ability to remain decisive at all times.

Jules Koundé and Aurélien Tchouaméni are under the threat of a suspension in the event of a yellow card. Should we talk to them specifically about their situation before the match or not?
They know that. Telling them to be careful, that would mean that they would play halfway or with the handbrake, that’s not the point. They are exposed but that is part of the competition and it is important that they can let go, to allow the team to achieve its objective. To have restraint would be the worst thing. Now, between saying it and doing it, it’s not always easy.

Noël Le Graët recently implied that he could extend your contract, even in the event of elimination in the quarter-finals. Did it make you happy and what will you say to him if so?
(Smile) It’s time to ask myself this question, well… It’s very nice what the president said. For the rest, my only priority is what awaits us with this quarter-final. I know I didn’t answer your question but that’s my answer (smile). »

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