Speaking to reporters following France’s 1-0 EURO opener victory over Germany, Adrien Rabiot, who performed brilliantly, had the following to say.
“I was hit by the ball on the head during a move, my head was spinning, but it is better, but the coach preferred to take me off. There was expectation around us, we knew that. We suffered sometimes but we didn’t concede anything. We had mental and collective strength. We are very proud of this match. We did not let our heads dropped, we were a real team on the pitch, we felt that on the pitch, across all the lines. That is what the coach wanted, we are truly really happy. Deschamps has brought about tactical rigour, I have been learning it over the last two seasons. It augurs well for what’s to come. We had to show up, we were the last team to play. We had to send a message.”