Didier Deschamps and Hugo Lloris launch the clash against Argentina!
It’s almost time for the final. In just 24 hours, the French team will actually have a date with its history. The chance for the Blues to achieve a historic double against Argentina and win a third star. Faced with doubts on the sidelines of the tournament, injuries during the competition and now the virus (Raphaël Varane, Ibrahima Konaté and Kinglsey Coman in particular), Didier Deschamps’ men have shown resilience. Asked in a press conference, this Saturday morning, Hugo Lloris and Didier Deschamps also remembered the main word of the Blues and the strength of this group: to adapt.
The Blues did not panic despite the unexpected event!
“In the past, we have proven that the French teams that have worked, in general, always have a very strong state of mind behind the secret of this success. We must rely on this, even if everything is possible in a battle. With the adrenaline, the excitement, we will all rise to surpass ourselves for this final battle., thus launching Spurs’ last bastion. A silence was also present in Deschamps’ speech, despite the various unexpected events experienced in recent hours. “There are imponderables, situations, you have to adapt. We did everything to find ourselves playing this match tomorrow, against Argentina. I have no worries or stress. The important thing, in preparing for such a fight, is to maintain calm. (…) The context of a final is always special. There is an emotional component that can vary depending on the players. When it’s the first final for a player, there are fewer benchmarks. Playing some of these definitely helps. It is important to manage emotions. In this regard, my speech or the exchanges I can make with all the players are of course not the same for each of them..
Relaunched in the game offered by the Albiceleste since the start of the competition, the tricolor coach first refused any comparison with the team that met in 2018 in the knockout stages in Russia. Knowing he was facing a different Argentina, DD remembered the importance of being prepared for any kind of scenario: “The six games that Argentina played, with different players, different systems, that help us. We have three observers who have seen all the matches. This allows us to have very accurate information. Argentina will do differently tomorrow, but we can too. Morocco, in the semis, started with a five-man defense. He never did it before. You have to be ready for all situations”. Giving up the idea of focusing too much on Lionel Messi, Lloris for his part returned to the characteristics of this Argentinian formation.
No anti-Messi plan!
“This is a very well organized team, very strong in defense, aggressive in the carrier. He performs well on offensive moves, on opponent’s mistakes. In the history of Argentina, there have always been very good players. There was Maradona, now Messi. There will be a lot of expectations for this final from the Argentinian side. Now, I think when you’re French, playing a World Cup final, regardless of the opponent, is a great event. Knowing Argentina at this stage makes things better. We expect this match to go down in the annals of the French side.admitted the Blues captain dramatically, knowing the task ahead of his teammates.
“You have to be willing to suffer sometimes. (…) Tomorrow, there will be a game plan to respect. We are still studying this team and preparing for this big match. There are always things we don’t prepare for. For that, it requires an impeccable state of mind. This is also the feeling, the feeling of transcending oneself, of digging. We know we can play in possession and on the counter-attack. We have a lot of fast players offensively. The strength of our team is to adapt to any kind of scenario. It was a final between two great nations. When you face this type of player (Messi), you have to be careful with him, but this game is not only about him..