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“I'm not going to jump to the ceiling”: Deschamps not excited by his Blues... nor by the whistles towards Mbappé

Special envoy to Marseille.

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“I'm not going to jump to the ceiling”: Deschamps not excited by his Blues... nor by the whistles towards Mbappé

Special envoy to Marseille

His assessment after the narrow success against Chile: “I'm not going to jump to the ceiling tonight (Tuesday), we started badly (the match) and we reacted. Scoring three goals is always good even if you concede two more. It is also linked to the not optimal level of fitness in terms of energy. This cannot change in three days, because there were a lot of concerns among everyone. In relation to the upcoming deadlines, I understand that the players are in management... Not that we should trivialize the matches, but I understand it. We will have to do differently in June. We have the capacity, we have the will, we will have to have freshness too, and there it was not at its maximum. »

The answers on his list of 23: “I had additional answers. There were no uncertainties. The objective was to put all the outfield players in a situation. 18 out of 20 started one of the two matches, we had to have answers. We are always in anticipation with my staff, that is not an excuse, but between those who are recovering from injury, those who have little playing time at the club, we are thinking more about managing. I don't have any more uncertainties now. To perform well in June, we will have to do a lot more. »

Kolo Muani’s reference match: “It’s his merit. Kolo (1 goal, 1 assist) was fresh, I spoke with him, he has his qualities of speed, percussion, he is capable of doing things even better. It's not just Kolo, the players are used to doing certain things at a club, and they have to change quickly here. It is not easy. Since November, the France team has been on hold. But congratulations to him, I'm happy that he made this match, beyond his goal, confidence is very important too. »

The Blues' lack of energy: “This March rally was more difficult than the previous ones. The accumulation of matches, the players started their season early, with different problems from each other. I understand what's behind it, such important issues, that they have that in their heads. It's not that they don't want to, but they manage and don't take risks. This context is special. In June, a lot more will be needed. »

The Vélodrome whistles against Mbappé: “I’m not surprised. We know the rivalry between the two clubs, with OM-PSG on Sunday, but that should not happen. It's the French team, it's the captain. But this is not specific to Marseille. This is happening elsewhere too. It's disappointing, to say the least. »

Clauss’ injury: “Unfortunately he got injured, it’s muscular, he’s going to have some tests done. I met Gasset (OM coach) and he asked me if I could lend him some full-backs (embarrassed smile)... It's regrettable. Like many players, he comes out of a series with a lot of matches, cadences, trips. I hope it won't be too bad for him. He is part of the group, well involved, attentive. »

Poland completes the Blues group at the Euro: “Our group will be dense and solid. The Austrians scored 6 (against Turkey, 6-1), the Germans beat the Netherlands (2-1), we have already been shaken in Austria in the Nations League. You will have to be at the level. Our three group matches will be with high adversity. You will have to be on top. »

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