Didier Deschamps ahead of World Cup final: “I’m not worried or stressed.”

Speaking at his press conference yesterday ahead of the World Cup final, Didier Deschamps notably discussed the atmosphere surrounding today’s game, all the while avoiding discussion on the non-attendance of Karim Benzema for the match.

His words reported in RMC, the manager first indicated that he had “no worry or stress” in Les Bleus’ preparations for the game:

“The important thing when preparing a game like this is to stay calm. In a World Cup final, you have the match, but also the context which is special. But I know the Argentines, maybe even some French people, want [Messi to win the World Cup].”

The France coach also pointed out that only seven players from the Argentina squad were present in 2018 – when Les Bleus beat the Albiceleste 4-3 in the last 16 – and that any comparisons were pointless. However, he insisted that the staff was nevertheless well-prepared, having had three analysts watch over every game – even if Argentina could try out sometihng new this afternoon.

On the virus sweeping through the France squad, which seems to be less of an issue than 24 hours ago given the France squad was back to its full complement in training, he indicated that as many precautions had been made to limit the spread.

Regardnig Benzema’s absence, Deschamps insisted that in the same vein as the likes of Christopher Nkunku and Lucas Hernandez, the Real Madrid forward was part of the initial squad but is no longer within it as a result of his injury – and that given he is not in charge of inviting former and injured players, he did not know whether he was coming to Doha today.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin

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