“A big mountain awaits us” said Hugo Lloris before France-Denmark

“Denmark have beaten France twice this year (0-2; 1-2). How much vengeance is there?
It’s yet another competition but sets the bar for Denmark. It is a very competitive team capable of challenging the best. We have been warned. We are well aware of the importance of tomorrow’s match, it will be a decisive match for qualification. There’s a lot of work to do, all the teams are athletically prepared. We will have to be ready tomorrow (this Saturday).

What changes a team with Raphaël Varane?
Inside the group he brings his serenity, his calm, his experience. He’s a quiet force, he’s a leader, he plays a very important role within the Blues. We feel him well despite the injuries, the fear he had of losing the World Cup. He is calm, ready to help the team. We believe he is ready to fight with the team.

How do you perceive the evolution of Adrien Rabiot?
There has been much talk of the absence of Pogba and Kanté, driving forces within the French squad. But we forgot that there were players who could be made to take responsibility. Adrien with this profile we have always praised his qualities. This opportunity that he presents comes at the right time. He’s ready. When we were shaken up against Australia, he responded there, it shows his impact, his influence within the team. We know his talent but also his ability to work hard. He does many races, he can really help our team go far. It will take a great performance to take the 3 points.

“You have to be ready for any scenario, you have to feel this collective strength. There is a big mountain waiting for us”

How do you judge the atmosphere within the group since the beginning of the gathering?
If we want to go far in a competition, it’s better to have a team that lives well with good energy, that’s it. We have always responded in the best possible way. We will truly judge this group when we have encountered difficulties.

What do you think of Antoine Griezmann’s performance against Australia?
Above all I see Antoine happy, with a smile, available making the effort, defensive, offensive. At the heart of the game, he allows them to connect with each other, that’s where he really shines. He is a team player, he highlights his teammates.

You have already scored 4 goals in this first match. Four years ago you only scored 3 goals in the first round. Do you feel more offensive?
Difficult to compare two competitions four years apart. There are only 10 players left from this experience. We were able to use this experience. Against Australia in 2018, we had a lot of difficulty creating situations. This year we didn’t want to relive the same scenario, we wanted to give momentum to our competition. Tomorrow will be a battle. The Danes are obliged to the result. »

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