A lenient draw? “The interpretation of a print, everyone can have a different one, reacts Didier Deschamps after the draw which places France in the group of Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.
“We know our opponents, two of whom we know very well from having met them recently, Ukraine and Finland. The France team has never played against Kazakhstan. Beyond the opponents, it is the because of having very long journeys, we have to wait until tomorrow evening to have the calendar. I’m not going to jump to the ceiling in relation to the draw, we must always have enough humility and respect for these teams ” noted the French coach. “Obviously by being seeded, France are favorites but we have to do what is necessary on the ground to achieve the objective which is to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.”
The coach of the Blues takes the future opponents of the Blues very seriously. “The risk is always to consider ourselves stronger than the others. Certainly, by their results, France is favorite, that’s the label we will have. But we must not neglect our opponents, we must always to have respect. You have to make sure you have the same determination, the same concentration in relation to any opponent. There is one goal that is clear, and that is to qualify for the World Cup. “
Three competitions in 2021
“The race for qualification is always a long road where there can be pitfalls” adds Didier Deschamps. All the more so when it is interspersed by the Euro shifted next June and the Final Four of the League of Nations in October 2021. “There will be a cut with the Euro postponed, but these are different objectives. Anyway at each meeting, we must realize the importance of each meeting. We will focus the objective on the month March with the start of this qualifying phase, after there will be the parenthesis of the final tournament of the Euro and we will switch back to “Final 4.” These are still interesting, exciting objectives, we will not complain to have high-stake matches. I believe that players also prefer this type of match. “