“We are not machines”, the Blues recognize “a lot of fatigue”
Hooked by Austria (1-1) Friday in Vienna, the Blues chain the disappointing results and do not reassure five months of the World Cup. Some recognize that they need to breathe, even if they don’t want to hide behind this excuse.
“We are not machines. We play a lot of games all season. Afterwards, it’s the same for the other team. We must not take refuge behind that, but for sure there is fatigue”, commented Benjamin Pavard.
“There is a lot of fatigue, everyone knows it. But we are not going to find excuses. We are here to win the matches, we try. We only take one point so we are disappointed, but we continues”, reacted for his part Karim Benzema.
Deschamps on the new
“Kamara was in his register: his ability to make others play, to recover the balls. It’s rather positive, like Konaté’s first. It’s solid. There are a lot of young people, which is rather a very good thing. Kingley (Coman) can play on the left, on the right. He prefers the left to get on his foot and create imbalances. There was less precision in the finish”.
Deschamps: “There is a bit of a breakage”
“Between yesterday’s session and today, there are a few breaks. With the fatigue on top of that, it’s not an excuse but the reality, we don’t have our full potential available”.
Deschamps on Mbappé
“From the moment he felt better yesterday and he felt ready, it was around 30 minutes into the game. Kylian is Kylian, I prefer to have him on the pitch from the first minute. We haven’t had him so far, he hasn’t gone far from the double with a somewhat miraculous save from the goalkeeper and the bar”.
Deschamps on automatisms
“It was difficult because of what was in front, without experience or automatism. But the quality was there, we conceded little to Austria. With a lot of changes from one match to another , it does not go in the direction of automatisms. It is important that I can see the others in situation and in the game “.
Deschamps: “We should have done better”
“From what we were able to do, the chances we created, with an attack-defense in the second half, the players should have been rewarded by the result. In content and manner, we should have done better.
Austria performed well in commitment and density, less so in the second half. There has been success for them and certainly a lack of efficiency for us. It’s a shame about the content and what we did in the second half.”
Figures that do not reassure
This season, France have conceded at least one goal in eight of their twelve games. The Blues are on a series of three games without a win. They are bottom of League A in the League of Nations with two points, Denmark lead with six points, ahead of Austria and Croatia (four points).
Mbappé: “Always stay proud”
Mbappé (TF1): “The savior? No, we did not win. We take this point and we will work to win on Monday. The bar? It’s a shame, I don’t meet it enough. We have to continue on the momentum of the last minutes, play high and put the opponent in difficulty. You should never worry, always stay proud. I’m not 100% but if the coach needs me, it’s almost the holidays so I can push a little.”
Deschamps: “I’m not worried”
Deschamps (TF1): “We had so many chances in the second half. We had control but no efficiency. There is always a leg, the goalkeeper, the bar … I’m not worried. This is not the results we hoped for. We are not at the top of our form and our freshness, but it gives playing time to young players.”
France is last in the group
After three matches in this League of Nations, the Blues are last in the group with only 2 points. Austria and Croatia have 4 points, Denmark 6 points.
IT’S OVER ! FRANCE CONCEDES A DRAW IN AUSTRIA!
It’s over at the Ernst Happel Stadion! The France team concedes a 1-1 draw against Austria in their third match in the League of Nations! Long led by a goal from Weimann, the Blues reacted at the end of the match to a goal from substitute Mbappé! They could even have won on a crossbar from this same Mbappé! The Habs remain alive in this League of Nations, but are last in their group and there are not many jokers left…
The pressure is blue
Very interesting free kick for the Blues with Mbappé who puts it very hard in the box! Danso clears for a corner!
MBAPPÉ TAKES THE BAR!
The French striker is on fire! After a mess in the area, Kylian Mbappé opens his foot but his strike, countered, ends up on the bar!
THE BUUUUUT OF MBAPPÉ!
Here it is the equalization of the French team by the inevitable Mbappé! Launched in depth by Nkunku, the Parisian striker ends the action with an unstoppable strike under the bar!
Nkunku replaces Coman
Christopher Nkunku will finish the match in place of Kingsley Coman, very stirring tonight!
In search of a goal
The Blues are still looking for the equalizer but come up against a very solid Austrian defense!
Little time out
With the changes made by the two coaches, there is a little time for both teams to adapt. So no chances or crazy offensives!
Rangnick responds to Deschamps
Double change also for Austria with the return of Onisiwo and Gregoritsch in place of Weimann and Arnautovic!
Mbappé and Guendouzi come into play
Double change for Didier Deschamps with the returns of Mbappé and Guendouzi! Tchouaméni and Griezmann give up their places.
COMAN DOES NOT TAKE THE FRAME!
Another big chance for the Blues! Coman is found at the far post and the Bayern winger tries to find the opposite skylight! It’s just above!
Benzema tries on the fly!
Ball badly returned by the Austrian defense and Benzema tries a volley with the right foot which is diverted!
Coman makes the difference
Kingsley Coman is eating Lainer and crosses hard with the left foot but it’s sent off!
HERE WE GO AGAIN !
We will have to wake up quickly for the Blues! 45 more minutes to reverse the trend and win this oh so important match!
HALF-TIME IN AUSTRIA! FRANCE IS LEADING!
It’s half time at the Ernst Happel Stadion! Stupor in the French camp after the opening of the score of Austria on a realization of Weimann. Benzema, who had two big chances, came up against an excellent Pentz! The Blues are last in League A for now, with a small point.
BENZEMA FINDS THE FRAME!
Found at the entrance to the surface, Karim Benzema opens his foot and forces Pentz to a reflex stop! Corner for the Blues!
Diaby takes her chance
Jostled by Austria, France tries to react by Moussa Diaby but his strike is largely off target!
Here is the goal of Austria after a loss of ball of the duo Griezmann-Benzema! Arnautovic is patient and gives Laimer in the right tempo which crosses for the recovery of Weimann! 1 to 0 for Austria!
Lloris catches his first ball
Austrian corner and Alaba heads to the near post but Lloris captures the attempt without difficulty!
Not much is happening
Since Benzema’s big chance, the France team has taken a step back and even conceded a corner from a Lainer cross!
PENTZ’S DOUBLE STOP!
Griezmann’s free kick that no one touches except Pentz who pushes back with difficulty on Benzema… The French striker puts his head but Pentz makes a double save!
NEW YELLOW CARD FOR AUSTRIA
Austria take their second yellow card after a big foul by Seiwald on Moussa Diaby!
Tchouaméni takes his chance!
Found at 30 meters by Pavard, Aurélien Tchouaméni takes his chance but his pass goes well above!
Very good return from the French defense
Taken by Konrad Laimer, the blue defense is back at full speed thanks to Theo Hernandez! It was very hot!
YELLOW CARD FOR AUSTRIA
The first yellow card of the match is distributed to Lainer after a big tackle from behind on Coman!
Coman takes his lane
Kingsley Coman finally manages to take his lane but his cross is unfortunately countered by … Hernandez!
Austria combines well
The Sabitzer-Weimann-Arnautovic trio combines rather well but the Bologna striker is offside in this three-way game!
Some good sequences of the Blues
Griezmann then Diaby try to make the difference on their ball grip and connects well with their side. For now, no good centers!
AUSTRIA-FRANCE KICK-OFF! (AUT 0-0 FRA)
And here we go for this 3rd Nations League match between Austria and France. Beaten by Denmark and held in check by Croatia, the Blues will have to raise their heads tonight!
Kanté not on the score sheet
As against Croatia, N’Golo Kanté is the player who does not appear on the score sheet.
Pentz – Trauner, Alaba, Wöber – Lainer, Laimer, Schlager, Weimann – Sabitzer – Seiwald, Arnautovic.
The composition of the Blues
Muscle pain for Lucas Hernández, who is therefore not in the eleven. At first glance, it looks like a 4-4-2 with an unprecedented Saliba-Konaté hinge. The Liverpool defender will know his first selection.
Lloris – Pavard, Saliba, Konate, Theo Hernandez – Kamara, Tchouaméni – Diaby, Coman – Griezmann, Benzema.
What composition for the Blues?
According to our information, Ibrahima Konaté should start this Friday for the trip to Austria, just like Boubacar Kamara in midfield. Didier Deschamps should again evolve with a four-man defense. A doubt remains on the presence of Moussa Diaby in the starting lineup.
The probable composition:
Lloris – Pavard, Konate, Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez – Diaby, Tchouaméni, Kamara, Coman – Griezmann, Benzema
All info on here
The blue contingent in Austria
550 French people will attend this evening at the Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna in Austria-France (48,500 spectators in total expected)
Watch out, it’s raining!
It may seem anecdotal like that, but it is not at all. It’s raining in Vienna, and it’s raining hard and it shouldn’t stop much until the match, according to our special correspondents.
This is not good news for the pitch, part of which was changed after a hole formed on Monday night after the Austria-Denmark match. A lawn at the center of all attention since several meetings have taken place to find out if this match could well take place on this field.
Hello and welcome to all for this live
After Denmark and Croatia, it’s time for Austria. This is the third League of Nations match for the Blues in a week, and we cannot say that the France team has convinced in the first two, which come after a long season. With only 1 point in two games, victory is imperative to continue to hope for a possible qualification for the Final Four of the League of Nations (of which France is defending champion), but we have understood that in the spirit of Deschamps , these matches served above all as preparation for the World Cup.
Kick-off at 8:45 p.m. on TF1, a match to follow also live with commentary on RMC Sport and of course on the radio on RMC with the Dream Team and the special correspondents.