Didier Deschamps after the draw in Croatia: "It was consistent overall"

“How do you feel about this draw conceded at the end of the match?
This result brings regrets even if our end of the match was less coherent. We had overall control with two chances from two to zero but we conceded a few too many situations to this Croatian team at the end. The lines were stretched. But it was consistent overall. We could also have avoided the loss of bullets. I can’t be completely satisfied even though there are a lot more positives.

What was the objective in returning to four in defense?
There were a lot of forced changes with worries and injuries. Compared to my starting lineup, I still have the same concern to put each player in the best conditions. We can always improve in defensive animation. But we can have problems with three, four or five. I’m not frozen for the next game. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up. I want to have more answers.

What did you think of Mike Maignan’s performance?
Mike confirmed what he is doing with his club. He makes decisive saves. I am lucky to have two very good goalkeepers available.

What analysis do you have on Aurélien Tchouaméni’s match?
I found it to perform better in the month of March. But it is the only player who chained. It’s not a robot. He is solid, consistent but with small ball losses that he can avoid. It represents young people growing. He also has an important choice to make right now for his career.

“With one point out of six, we are not in the best of moods”

We noticed the same shortcomings at the end of the match as against Denmark. How do you explain it?
We must also take into account the merit of the adversary. We also give them the opportunity to equalize with this penalty. There are also all the changes at the end of the match. There is also a lived experience and an experience. There, there were less than two hundred selections in the team lined up against Croatia. This is no excuse, but there are fewer automatisms.

One point in two games. Is the qualification already moving away?
We are in competition. But with one point out of six, we are not in the best of moods. But they are also preparation matches in anticipation of what awaits us at the end of the year. You have to see different things, different players and different systems.

What did you think of your three offensive players Diaby-Nkunku-Ben Yedder?
They are in different registers. There was consistency between them with different qualities. Diaby is more in percussion on his side, Christopher is able to play higher and keep. Wissam was more isolated on our offensive phases but that did not prevent him from making an assist. The three were in their register but with little experience together.

How did you find your captain Presnel Kimpembe?
He was in control and aggressive. It was also exposed with the presence of more attackers afterwards. At the end of the match, we conceded more but it is not only linked to him. There were more intervals in our defense. Presnel was very solid as usual and clean in the outings. He is an athletic and expressive leader, who is very important in the group. »

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