The French coach, Didier Deschamps, said this Friday that the forward Karim Benzema He has integrated “naturally” into the group and stressed that he made the decision to bring him back convinced that there would be no problems.
“I say it with all sincerity. He has been with most of those players with this shirt or in a club. He has had the opportunity to speak with them. There is no news. If I made this decision, it is because I appreciated well that in that sense I did not there was no problem, “he said in an interview on the channel BFM TV.
Deschamps noted that the return of the player from Real Madrid after five and a half years of absence it occurs because “the team is above everything” and he says he has always acted in favor of the collective interest.
Benzema reappeared with France last Wednesday in a friendly against Gales preparation for the European Championship, which France won 3-0 and in which the player missed a penalty in the 25th minute.
“That match concluded a first week with a significant workload. The opponent had a lot of determination. We are in the second part of the preparation. We have positive responses, but we have to improve things. That goes through a lot of exchanges and repetitions in training.” , said the technician.
Deschamps is aware that France He is one of the favorites, but he asks his players not to settle down: “In 2014, when Germany eliminated us, it was tough. You have to do everything to get to the top. After all, football is not an exact science.”
After a new friendly with Bulgaria this next Tuesday, the French team will debut on June 15 against Germany on the Eurocup in a difficult group that also has Hungary and with Portugal.
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“Beyond individual quality, collective strength is above all. Other ingredients will also be necessary: courage, determination,” added the coach, according to which his players are already in “competition mode.”