Ikoné: 'Give everything'
LOSC's Jonathan Ikoné was a happy man after being handed his first start - and providing an assist - in France's 3-0 win over Andorra, which left Les Bleus equal on points with Euro 2020 qualifying Group H leaders Turkey.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Euro 2020 qualifying Group H
France 3 - 0 Andorra
Didier Deschamps (France coach): "The scoreline could have been wider; we could have been more efficient, that's true. But we scored three goals anyway, leaving nothing for the opponent even though their defence was more tightly packed than Albania's was (in the 4-1 win on Saturday). We were able to find the solutions. Obviously, the more efficiency, the better. We scored seven goals in two games, which isn't always the case. There were also two players coming in and scoring, [Jonathan] Ikone against Albania and Wissam [Ben Yedder], tonight [Tuesday]. We really controlled things, with a lot of quality in our passing game, even though we may have lacked a little movement and precision with our crosses. But we accomplished our mission; that's what we wanted. There are many positives."
Jonathan Ikoné (France forward): "[On his first start with France's senior team] There is emotion but you have to keep calm. It's really a pleasure to be given my first start today, I'm happy for myself and the team. [On the possibility of being called up once again in October] I hope it happens, at least that's what I want, but it's the coach who makes his selection. I hope to give everything with my club to come back to the France senior team. We don't know what will happen next, we'll see. Everyone knew how to welcome me, make me feel comfortable. I would like to thank the squad, the staff and the coach because this week has gone very well, with an substitute appearance and a start. I am happy and I hope that this is not the end, that it will continue like this."
Koldo Alvarez (Andorra coach): "In Turkey, we were able play out of defence more and operate outside our own area. We expected to suffer a little less on the flanks. I still congratulate the players for their state of mind. We must not forget who we were playing against tonight: very strong players who knew where to press to hurt us, especially when we lost the ball. They had scored four goals each time so far, which says a lot about their level. They are world champions."