“If the news is not good, we will fight without him”: Deschamps considers the Euro without Mbappé

“If the news is not good, we will fight without him”: Deschamps considers the Euro without Mbappé

This Monday in Düsseldorf, the Blues fulfilled their mission by beating Austria with an own goal (1-0). But they lost Kylian Mbappé for an indefinite period, whose nose was fractured in a collision with Kevin Danso. Enough to worry the national coach, Didier Deschamps, invited to a press conference after the meeting.

What’s the news about Kylian Mbappé’s nose?

DIDIER DESCHAMPS. It is in poor condition. It is in the hands of doctors. He has a damaged nose. It seems complicated. This is the downside of this evening.

How bad does it smell?

I don’t have the elements. I saw him lying on the massage table. He is at the center of the debates, that’s normal. But here, I am silent, I don’t have the elements.

What would be the impact of Kylian Mbappé’s absence?

The France team will always be stronger with Kylian. If the news is not good, we will fight without him. Kylian is Kylian and in any team he is on, she is stronger.

What appealed to you the most about this success?

It’s good to start with a victory, with an athletic opponent who we managed to put under pressure. We could have handled certain situations better. It is generally positive. We were in the fight too. We must maintain this solidarity. We will be facing an opponent who will have 36 hours more recovery than us.

Were you surprised by the aggressiveness of the Austrians?

It was borderline, yes. The players were prepared for this. It’s another thing to answer that. We did everything to ensure that the France team was ready this evening, even if we left at least one nose behind.

Why did you start William Saliba?

I make choices based on all the elements I have and that I see. The hierarchy is evolving. If I put William, it’s because I think he is more suited than Ibou Konaté for such a match. But I don’t want to lose anyone. Mike Maignan relieved us a lot in the air.

How do you judge N’Golo Kanté?

Just look at what he did. I took it for that. He has the ability to recover balls and project himself. He was not alone, he was very well surrounded by Adrien Rabiot who had a huge defeat. He is radiant and he radiated.


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