The coach of the Blues deciphered in front of the media the success of his people against Austria (2-0) Thursday evening in the League of Nations.
At the Stade de France
What analysis do you make of the victory of the Blues?
Didier Deschamps: There is nothing better than victory, it fled from us in June. It was a complicated period, tonight (Thursday) it’s the reward for the players, because of the collective performance we achieved, the score could have been heavier. The players are competitors and they have this duty and the obligation to have results. It’s a very nice evening, the players responded present and were aware of playing their last match of the calendar year with us, in our garden at the Stade de France, where we feel good.
Olivier Giroud played an accomplished game with a goal in particular, does that change anything in your thinking? What more can he do to be on the plane to Qatar?
Let him continue like this. You’re going to interpret everything, but did I tell you he would be there or not? It’s up to him to perform, that’s what he did tonight (Thursday). We will have to wait until November. He is doing everything to be there but there is a lot of competition in all positions. I can have more margin, I could go up to 26 … Good for Olivier, I know he is appreciated by the public, I am very happy for him. He deserves it. It is his merit. If I call him it’s for him to be good and score goals. I would have time to think before making my decisions (smile).
What is your view on the three-man defense and the contribution of the pistons?
We were effective and solid defensively, apart from half a chance, we left nothing to this Austrian team. I was able to settle and discuss with the players to avoid the imbalance. Jonathan (Clauss) brought a lot of things, he was a little higher than Ferland (Mendy), because Kylian (Mbappé) was on the left lane. Whether in the offensive contribution and the defensive securities, facing a 4-4-2 system, I expected to have more difficulties, but our movements did not give the Austrians time to organize themselves. . We were very solid.
What is your assessment of the contribution of the two newcomers, Benoît Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana?
They have quality in their specific position and have exuded serenity and confidence. For their first selection, some had more complicated beginnings. It is also a question of character and state of mind. I am very satisfied with their performance.
Jules Koundé and Mike Maignan have joined the infirmary, are you worried about this carnage?
Jules has a muscle problem in the hamstring and Mike in the calf. They won’t be available for Sunday and the game against Denmark, that’s for sure. Opposite too, they lost players. We lose two in the first half, it’s the accumulation, the short recovery time, the players are subject to that. The sequence of matches, the demands on the psychological level, there is not a match where they can be quiet. We weren’t spared before this match, that’s a lot. I hope that in two months I will have none.