Deschamps praises his attackers: ‘I don’t want to belittle the rest, but …’

The French coach, Didier
Deschamps, again praised this Tuesday Kylian
Mbappe arguing that his “versatility and speed” allow him to play in “any attacking position”, at the press conference prior to the 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine.

The Parisian footballer, who is going through a great moment of form (on Sunday he scored two goals at Olympique
Lyon in a crucial victory of the PSG to fight for the league), he usually plays as a winger in the French team, while in the PSG He does it as a center forward.

Speak frequently with Mbappé

For this reason, the coach pointed out that he often talks to him to see “all the possibilities” of attack that he offers: “He has so many capacities and so much initiative that he always creates danger.”

Deschamps He also announced that he will distribute to the 26 internationals he has called up for the national team break in the three qualifying games for the Qatar 2022 World Cup that the French team will play this week and next.

“Some will play tomorrow (against Ukraine), others will play on Sunday (against Kazakhstan) and others will play next Tuesday (against Bosnia-Herzegovina),” said the French coach.

The reason for the decision Deschamps is the accumulation of fatigue suffered by French internationals, as many of them play for big clubs in Europe -such as Mbappe (PSG), Griezmann (FC Barcelona), Varane (Real Madrid) or Kimpembe (PSG) – and they have been playing two games a week in recent months.

Regret the restrictions

The three games will be played behind closed doors due to the restrictions of the pandemic, a fact to which the coach removed the iron. “It’s a shame, but the players are used to it. The positive thing is that on the field the players hear me much better, even those at the other end,” he joked.

Asked about the current attacking triplet they form Antoine
Griezmann, Kylian
Mbappe Y Olivier
Giroud, the coach raved about them: “I don’t want to belittle the rest, but when you look at the statistics, you realize that their goals and passes were what allowed us to be world champions.

On his rival this Wednesday, the selection of Ukraine, Deschamps stressed that the starting eleven he will face at the Stade de France has nothing to do with the one he beat 7-1 in October in the Nations League, when Andriy
Schevchenko could not count on up to 14 internationals who tested positive for COVID-19.

“It is a very good team. They like to have the ball, technical dominance, positional attack, incorporation of the wings …”, argued the former player of the Juventus and from Chelsea.

Covid outbreak

The French coach also regretted that his team will not be able to concentrate tomorrow in Paris before the game – the center where the team is staying and training is in Clairefontaine, an hour and a quarter from the capital – due to an outbreak of COVID among workers from the hotel where ‘les Bleus’ were to stay.

“Tomorrow we will go to the stadium from here. The bus journey is a bit long and maybe that can be annoying for the players, but they have told us that we have to do it like that and we will adapt,” he concluded.