Jean-François Peres, edited by Juliette Moreau Alvarez
8:32 p.m., September 24, 2022modified to
8:32 p.m., September 24, 2022
On Sunday, France will face Denmark in their last warm-up match before the World Cup in two months. The climate is however disturbed by the injuries and the business which pollute the sporting atmosphere in and outside the locker rooms. Deschamps, despite everything, remains calm and focused.
The French team has arrived in Copenhagen, where it will play its last preparation match before the World Cup on Sunday. A match to follow in full live on Europe 1 from the first whistle. Nevertheless, the internal atmosphere remains disturbed by legal cases and controversies. Latest with an exchange of press releases today between the FFF and the NGO Amnesty International on the issue of human rights in Qatar.
Coach Didier Deschamps ensures that he remains calm despite the circumstances. The boss of the Blues sent a clear message at the end of a press conference where we will have talked as much about football as about his side. Deschamps succeeded Raphaël Varane on the stage. The defender and likely captain tomorrow spoke about human rights in Qatar. A subject “serious, sensitive and important” he assures. Varane will wear an anti-discrimination armband like his Danish counterpart.
“If there were less extra-sporting debates, it would be better”
There is also of course the Pogba affair which lurks, as well as the file on the possible scandals or sexual slippages at the federation. With all that, it’s not easy to focus on football. Reason why Didier Deschamps, responding to Europe 1, absolutely wants to keep calm less than two months from the World Cup: “I tell you sincerely, nothing and no one can disturb my peace and my serenity. It’s been ten years that I am here, we cannot say that it has always been a calm river”, he justifies. “If there were less extra-sporting debates, it would be better. But we have a huge challenge ahead of us. I have to stay focused.”
Before the World Cup, there is this match against Denmark, in front of more than 35,000 spectators, in a magnificent stadium. Defeat is almost forbidden for the Blues, so as not to fall into the 2nd division of the League of Nations. Against Austria on Thursday, the France team was smiling again, despite an avalanche of injuries. Now it’s about keeping him to the end, or at least on the pitch.