Sylvain Ripoll before France-Norway: “What I want is for us to have continuity”

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Sylvain Ripoll before France-Norway: “What I want is for us to have continuity”

While the players of The french team flew this Wednesday morning for Qatar, and the world Cup, the Hopes were also living their last hours before heading to Calvados for their last international meeting of the year. They will face Norway on Saturday (9 p.m.) at the Stade d’Ornano in Caen. The opportunity for the coach, Sylvain Ripoll, to take stock seven months before Euro 2023.

“What do you expect from this last gathering of 2022?
We have a group to perfect. We started building it a while ago, but we need time together, off and on the pitch. With confrontations against solid teams, which reflect the level of a European Championship. It is important that the players refine this technical quality in order to have a good run in Romania (June 21-July 8, 2023).

You are going to play an opponent that you will already meet in the group stage at the Euro (with Italy and Switzerland). It’s quite rare to organize it at this stage of preparation, isn’t it?
We didn’t know we would face each other when we organized this friendly. It would have been in March, we would not have done it like that, but we are still quite far from the deadline. We decided with Norway to maintain it.

“We have made good progress but the group is not closed. It depends on the performances and the degrees of forms. »

Eight months from the Euro, do you consider that you already have a large core of players that you will take to Romania?
Yes, we have made good progress but the group is not closed. It depends on the performances and the degrees of forms.

Will Saturday’s match still be an opportunity to see new faces and try new things?
Yes, while maintaining balance and consistency with what we’ve been doing for some time. There are bound to be doors that open for some and small changes to be made. What I want is for us to have continuity in what we are capable of doing well and to accentuate the highlights that we can have in a match, that there are more good periods to win. The matches.

“(On Badiashile’s non-summoning with the A’s) I considered that it was first necessary to calm Benoît […] Obviously he must feel things but I found him good in the sessions and in the group.

Among the new ones, there will be Mohamed Simakan. Isn’t there a form of paradox between his club status and that of the French youth teams?
Yes. This is the first time he comes with us as Hopes. But we’ve been following him for a while and he could have come long before, honestly. He had been on my mind for a very long time. It is true that it faces strong competition too. He is capable of playing as a central and right-back defender. These are positions where there are many possibilities. We started an adventure with some, we will continue, but Mohamed’s performance with Leipzig and what he did last season, calling him up seems obvious to me.

You welcomed Benoît Badiashile, who was from the last gathering with the A’s. His profile seemed ideal to compensate for the package of Presnel Kimpembe, left-handed like him (Axel Disasi was summoned in place of the Parisian). Have you discussed it with him?
To be very transparent, I considered that it was first necessary to leave Benoît alone. Let him mature everything he lives, because a lot of things have happened to him for two months. But we will have a discussion, as I can have with many others, about his current state and the way he feels. Yes, we will talk about it. Obviously he must feel things but I found him good in the group and in the sessions.

The fact of playing a friendly match before a truce of a month and a half does not give the impression of June of a year without competition? Is the atmosphere also studious?
This is a question we could ask ourselves. The response we received over the first two or three days was very positive. I saw a group of players happy to meet again. There exists in this group a kind of fluid life. They enjoy talking. There’s not much different about this gathering. But I hope that the end of the rally will be of the same ilk and that all this will be confirmed with a victory on Saturday evening. »

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