French coach Didier Deschamps, the 2018 World Cup holder in Russia, confirmed that the goal is to "get another title" when he faces his Argentine counterpart in the final match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar tomorrow, Sunday.
And the French coach appeared calm - in a press conference today, Saturday - despite the pressure represented by facing a team seeking to give its star, Lionel Messi, his first title in the World Cup.
On this, Deschamps said, "I do not feel any anxiety or pressure. To prepare for a match like this, it is important to be calm. In the World Cup final ... there is confrontation and also the general situation, which is characterized by privacy. But I know that the Argentines and perhaps some French also want Messi to be crowned the title." ".
Regarding the size of the large Argentine crowd in Doha, Deschamps said, "Argentina has a great public support. The French fans will be heard (in the stadium), but the majority of the crowd will be Argentine. I expect a purely Argentine atmosphere with a lot of songs. It's actually a good thing. But our opponents are not in the stands." Rather, on the field (…) tomorrow one of the two teams will have a third star.”
Deschamps refused to compare the preparation for the final of the last edition in Russia 4 years ago against Croatia, and the current version in Qatar against Argentina, saying, "We want to write our own story. We want to finish the task in the best possible way. Because we have not achieved anything yet, the most difficult is yet to come. We have to." Willingness to outdo ourselves and make an effort despite the virus and despite the stress. We have to get the job done."
Didier Deschamps, coach of the French national team:
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The "Roosters" coach touched on the virus that infected a number of players, saying, "I am fine personally and we are keen to deal with the infected players. I will get information today and tonight (...) We are taking maximum precautions to deal with the virus without exaggerating it. We would have preferred not to It is there, but we are dealing with it in the best possible way with the medical staff."
Defenders Daewoo Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate and Raphael Varane, midfielder Adrien Rabiot and striker Kingsley Coman were infected, and most of them have already recovered.
Yesterday, only Konate, Koeman and Varane missed group training, while Rabiot and Upamecano returned to the ranks of the "Roosters" after their absence from the semi-final match against Morocco last Wednesday.
Tomorrow's match at Lusail Stadium will be the third World Cup final for Deschamps, after winning the title when he was captain of the French national team in the 1998 edition (as a player) and after winning the title in Russia in 2018 at the head of the national team's coaching staff.
And about his future with the "roosters", Deschamps, who took over his assignment 10 years ago, said, "The national team is the best thing that happened to me in my career. It is passion at the highest levels and I am very happy to be here. The most important thing is the national team. It is above everything and I am at its service. Tomorrow's result is the result." It won't affect my decision. I only have the game in my mind."