Deschamps: 'Bravo!'

Les Bleus

France boss Didier Deschamps was full of praise for his young guns after the thrilling 3-2 win over England, admitting that he has his work cut out for him in selecting a side for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

International friendly

Stade de France, Paris

 France 3 - 2 England 

Didier Deschamps (France coach): "We made things tougher for ourselves with the penalty and the red card. It seemed a severe decision to me but it turned out just be a detail as we managed to create problems for them even though we were a man down. Bravo to the players; there were a lot of changes and the lads who played showed a lot of quality. It was a different kind of match, but that's not to take anything away from the players or these very talented forwards we saw operating tonight. There are always lessons to learn. I will do an exhaustive analysis with my coaching staff. It will be a very studious summer for us ahead of our next call-up, in August. Tonight's match has given me plenty of food for thought."

Kylian Mbappé (France forward): "We're satisfied; we really wanted to bounce back after the defeat in Sweden, even though this result doesn't erase that other one. [On his hitting the cross-bar] I beat my man and saw everyone on the ground. I was already thinking about what I would do next. The problem was that the ball didn't go in. I think I was a bit too eager to score my first France goal. But I set up a friend [Ousmane Dembélé] to score, so that's great. [On his future] I'm going on holidays with my family and I'll reflect on things. I'll look at he offers and see what happens with the club [AS Monaco]. I'm under contract [until 2019]; I'm not a free agent."

Ousmane Dembélé (France forward): "In the first half, I missed a few chances. But I got my bearings out on the pitch, and in the second half, I just cut loose. I didn't hesitate. I've changed y game a bit in the last few months, but I didn't doubt myself after the match against the Côte d'Ivoire. I told myself I would return to the France team. Now, I'm more mature."

Gareth Southgate (England manager): "We should have got a result. In the space of 90 minutes we saw the things we're very good at - with the ball we caused a lot of problems, created good openings, took our first goal very well. And equally we saw the things that have to get better - defending as a team and managing the game, in particular the period once France had gone down to 10 men. I thought we looked more anxious while they went to 10 and they stepped up a level. We just didn't manage that period of the game as well as we need to. I thought part of that was because we were tired, I think we put a huge amount into the game to try and press and to deal with the physical capabilities France had - and it was a problem for us all night, their pace and their athleticism."


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