The Blues face the Netherlands Friday night in Rotterdam at 20:45 (TF1) for the League of Nations. Before this meeting, the goalkeeper and captain of the Blues Hugo Lloris talks about the competition, his teammates and the opponent.
Do you consider the League of Nations as a real competition?
HUGO LLORIS. It's a competition, even if it's new. And above all it was the way to not decompress after the World Cup. Now the goal is to go as far as possible, and at first we want to finish first to play the semifinals in June.
According to you, Steven N'Zonzi is he an underdog player?
I leave you this type of appreciation. When you're a footballer, you have respect for all your team-mates and opponents. Steven brings calm. His personality is like the player he is. It is important in a team to have this type of sentry. He always brought what was needed in the France team, and he will continue to do so.
Does Presnel Kimpembe's concentration swings worry you?
I found it rather good against the Germans. He was unfortunate on the penalty, it is difficult to defend well by keeping his hands close to the body on this type of action. But that's part of the process when you're a young player. Rest that Presnel has all that is expected of a great defender, he is strong, powerful and he knows very well the ball out. You have to have a little patience.
What game do you expect on Friday and what is your view of these rebuilding Netherlands?
The selection of the Netherlands is an opponent of very high quality that remains on two very good matches against Germany and Belgium in friendly. To beat Germany 3-0 is not given to everyone and it is a strong signal. They like possession of the ball, and evolve with De Jong sentinel, a player promised a great future. And in front of them they have individualities and leaders like Depay. It's still a young team, but they have a future. They are still alive in this pool, and their goal is to win. So we are expecting to suffer, and we will have to raise the level.