A smile on your face and a touch of humor that hits the mark. After the spleen of Qatar, it is a revived and happy Benjamin Pavard who appeared in front of the cameras after the success acquired in pain, this Monday, in Ireland (0-1). Author of the only goal of the game, his third in selection, the defender of Bayern Munich can savor his beautiful evening.
Can you tell us about your goal?
BENJAMIN PAVARD. I feel the blow, I intercept and then I don’t ask myself any questions. She starts well, it’s good for me and for the team because it allows us to win the match. It’s a lot of happiness, I’ve been waiting for it for some time. I have known more difficult times. I dedicate this goal to all the people who supported me in those moments. And I hope there will be more in the future.
What’s the secret to scoring such great goals?
(He smiles) Frankly, I don’t know. If I have to score when there is no goalkeeper, I sign immediately too. My shot goes really well, I see that it goes under the bar and goes in. It’s a lot of emotion, I also slid really well on my knees. The ground was very good (he laughs). The collective also had a big game, it was not easy. The opposing team pushed until the end. We came to win, it’s done. Two games, two wins, two clean sheets… that’s good.
“You all know that my favorite position is central defender”
In what state of mind were you before the meeting? Revenge?
No no. It’s true that it was not an easy World Cup for me. I took refuge in work, I performed very well after the World Cup with my club, Bayern Munich. Today, I had the opportunity to start the match, it was pretty good for me. It also worked for the team, so all the better.
What about Mike Maignan’s performance?
(He smiles) What a stop! It’s normal, it’s Mike Maignan, we’re used to it. It’s an exceptional stop that allowed us to make a new clean sheet. It’s good for him, it’s good for the team because we managed to pocket 6 points out of 6. We are very happy this (Monday) evening.
Have you left to relocate to the right side position over time in Blue or do you still want to play axial?
You all know that my favorite position is central defender. But I am at the service of the collective, the coach calls on me as a right-back. Today, I answered pretty well. We’ll see later.