Didier Deschamps: “Griezmann? At least he’s not tired…”

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Didier Deschamps: “Griezmann?  At least he’s not tired…”

You called for the first time Benoît Badiashile, Youssouf Fofana and Randal Kolo Muani: can you detail the reasons for this choice?
Benoît is one of the hopefuls. He is having a very good start to the season with AS Monaco. The fact that he is a specialist in the position also played a role. There are a number of injured (Kimpembe, L. Hernandez). He is a growing young player. The link with the Espoirs selection is important. Youssouf (Fofana) is a player we follow. This is an area where there is a lot of competition. He is taken from what he did last season and this year he is a complete midfielder. He also takes advantage of absences (Kanté, Pogba) in this sector of play. Randal (Kolo Muani), he continues to confirm what he has done at FC Nantes. In an attacking profile where he brings presence, depth too, with good efficiency.

How do you view the defensive difficulties of the month of June?
There is always an in-depth analysis taking into account the context. It is not specific with a player. It may depend on an alignment, the work done in front. The June analysis will not be the March one.

Olivier Giroud is part of this selection. Have you changed your position that Giroud only comes in the absence of Karim Benzema?
Oliver is there. And you’ll get the answer in two months (smiles). Everything evolves. And nothing changes (smiles). The situation today is that he is there.

Antoine Griezmann had a strange start to the season by being limited in his playing time…
(he cuts) At least he’s not tired… He has a situation that you know. I’m not going to go into that area. This limits his playing time. On playing time, granted, he remains a decisive player for his club. He aspires to better, to more. It’s been a while since he last did 90 minutes.

“If I take Boubacar Kamara at a time, it’s because I need it. I only do it at the present time, for the France team and not against another selection.

Boubacar Kamara was not selected. Does that mean that you had selected him during the previous camp to deny him the possibility of playing for Senegal?
I have never done that. Whether it’s with him, or another player. Players who have this binationality have this possibility. If I take it at any time, it’s because I need it. I only do it at the present time, for the France team and not against another selection.

In the “Pogba” case, maraboutage was mentioned. How do you view this practice?
I live on the same planet as you. Everyone has this freedom of belief. Well, that doesn’t bother me. I’m not here to judge. If it can make some people feel better, it’s part of the environment of sport and outside of sport.

Why didn’t you select Wissam Ben Yedder?
He is not going through his best period. He was called regularly with us. As with Lucas (Digne) and Moussa (Diaby), just because they aren’t here today doesn’t mean they won’t be here later. We are waiting, demanding.

Is AC Milan defender Pierre Kalulu close to selection A?
He is in the selection of Espoirs, he is a player who is also efficient in a register where there are a lot of efficient players. Of course, when I watch Milan matches, I see it.

Did you decide for the World Cup to install this animation in 3-4-3 unlike June?
In June, I had not left with the idea of ​​changing [il avait aligné une défense à 4, ndlr]. Nothing is fixed. Despite the many absences, I am here to put the players in the conditions in which I want to make the World Cup.

Do you still see Benjamin Pavard as a right axial?
He has always been a full-back. With the years that follow, still being a holder. He is a trained central defender but is capable of playing in both positions. Jules Koundé is not a full-back but he plays with Barca in that position, with his qualities. There are more or less suitable profiles. Benjamin has this versatility which can be an asset because it gives additional possibilities.


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