Pre-match Press Conference: France vs Germany: Deschamps and Lloris

With the wait almost over ahead of France’s monumental quarter-final clash with Germany, it was down to coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris to produce some words of wisdom in front of the press on the eve of the big game.

While Lloris did tackle a few questions about the tournament in general, proceedings predictably remained almost exclusively focused on the challenge ahead.


Hugo Lloris:

On the quarter-final with Germany: ‘We’re not going to change the way we play. The more positive we are, the more decisive we are in games.’

‘It’s a World Cup quarter final, there are bound to be nerves for both sides. We’re both teams that like to play good football.’

‘We’re focusing on the here and now. There’s definitely a strong history between our two nations but we want to write our own history.’

‘There’s a certain amount of excitement. It’s not often you get to play in a World Cup quarter final.’

‘There’s no fear now even though there was perhaps a little bit in the last match. The players are full of hunger and excitement.’

‘Germany have lots of experience and ambition, they’re one of the favourites to win the World Cup. There’s a chance we could suffer.’

‘We’re focused and concentrating on Germany. Brazil and Germany have set out their ambitions, not us.’

On Manuel Neuer: ‘These days goalkeepers are required to play something of a libero role. Neuer is the most complete goalkeeper in the world.’

On the ‘keepers at the tournament: ‘Lots of goalkeepers have made big contributions this tournament, sometimes more than they should have had to. It’s really put the spotlight on a role that often doesn’t get much attention.’

On contacting Ribery: ‘No, we haven’t contacted Ribery but our thoughts are with him.’

On the Maracana pitch: ‘The Maracana pitch is dry, the pitches have suffered a bit here.’

On Sakho: ‘Sakho is a young player, he’s been an important player since 19 November [against Ukraine] with his character and his personality.’


Didier Deschamps:

On the Germany match: ‘We have no reason to be afraid. The German team is solid but there are no nerves on our part.’

‘There is no pressure on the players, they can write a new chapter in their nation’s history tomorrow.’

‘The German side have had some tricky games but haven’t changed their playing philosophy. They’re a calm, solid team.’

‘Germany like to have the ball and impose their style of play. There are several ways they can line up.’

‘If Lahm plays at full-back, the support that the wingers get will be different. He can play both roles.’

‘Höwedes has been playing at left-back for a while now. It’s a case of adapting to the position.’

‘[Germany coach Joachim] Löw said we’re favourites? He’s a nice guy, Joachim… At the start of the World Cup Germany were one of the favourites.’

‘We have the same system but the roles that the players have mean that we play very differently.’

‘The level of opposition is rising now. Even though Nigeria were a very good team, Germany are at a whole different level.’

‘What’s demanded of the players is very important now, they need to be capable of doing what is required.’

‘Germany had something of a strange game against Algeria but they dominated the play.’

On the development of the France side: ‘What changed everything? It was 19 November [against Ukraine]. That’s the story of this team.’

‘We’ve always had competitive players but it’s about building up a unified whole. Nothing is more important than that blue shirt.’


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