France lacked intensity and commitment during the match they drew (1-1) on Wednesday in Saint-Denis against Ukraine in their debut in the qualifying phase for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. This is the harsh self-criticism that midfielder Adrien Rabiot has launched today , who played the 90 minutes.
An own goal by Presnel Kimpembe neutralized Antoine Griezmann’s great goal, but for more than half an hour of play France was unable to threaten Ukraine’s solid defense and failed to alter the 1-1.
“We knew what awaited us against Ukraine. They were here to play counterattack. All the teams in our group are going to play like this, we have to adapt to that, “Rabiot said today at a press conference.
Not just tired
France failed to do so on Wednesday, and Deschamps justified his team’s shortcomings by arguing that several players had played demanding league matches with their teams just three days earlier.
However, Rabiot believes there was more. “If it didn’t work, it’s because we didn’t give it our all on the pitch,” the Juventus midfielder explained bluntly. “We should have put more intensity. With the players we have, we must be able to play with any system. It is a question of method and willpower ”.
Now Kazakhstan and Bosnia
France will have two immediate chances to make up for its lackluster debut when it visits Kazakhstan and Bosnia next Sunday and Wednesday.
“There is no reason to be upset or panic,” Rabiot said in a conciliatory tone. “We would have liked to do better, but Ukraine played well. Now it is up to us to recover and do what is necessary ”.