Presnel Kimpembe before the match against Croatia: "France should not be in this place"

“Since Raphaël Varane’s package, you’ve been the boss in defense. That pleases you ?
It’s a natural role that I’m used to having at PSG. Yes, I am one of the oldest in this group. But young people don’t need me so much as you might say. They are young people with some experience in their club. They are big boys. But it’s a role that I really like. If the staff entrusts it to me, it is because I have the capacity.

You played in Croatia with Moussa Diaby and Christopher Nkunku. You saw them disembark first. Does it make you feel old?
Necessarily. When I speak with the players who arrive, I ask them their age. They tell me : ”I’m a 2002, I’m a 2003…” I have been there. But that’s normal too.

Are you surprised by Nkunku’s progress?
Surprised, no. I have known Christopher for years. He is a talented boy. At PSG, he had made a few matches but he was able to show his talent in Leipzig. Seeing him like that is a real pleasure for me and for all his family.

What should we forget about the mistakes made in the first three matches?
There is nothing to forget, even if these are more difficult times than others. This is how we move forward. You have to look at the positive side. We know that tomorrow is a great match, that it is important and it is important to us to win this battle.

Do you feel any pressure on this last game?
We are the title holders of this competition. She is important to us. Pressure, the players of the France team are used to it. We know the importance of this match to stay in the race. We know that the France team should not be in this place. We know that it is an obligation to win tomorrow, we are aware of it.

How did you manage the fatigue?
We always have juice. You have to know how to find the right motivation but I have no doubt that the players have it. You have to know how to rest well, prepare well, the rest is in your head.

You said a week ago that we should have a discussion with PSG for the future. A week later, have you had any news?
I said that I was coming to 27, that my next contract will be decisive and that I wanted to know what the future project was, what role I would be assigned. Seems legit to me. But here I am focused on the match of the France team to end this season well. »

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