On July 12, 1998, Yuri Djorkaev became the world champion at the tournament held in his country – this was the first victory of the French. Two years later, the former playmaker, who was under contract with 1. FC Kaiserslautern from 1999 to 2002, won European Championship titles in Belgium and the Netherlands with “Les bleus”. Before World Cup quarter-finals “Équipe tricolore” in Qatar vs England (Saturday, 8 p.m./.ZDF And the MagentaTV) Djorkaeff analyzed in an interview with sportsBUZZER, the sports portal of the Germany Liberation Network (RND), the defending champion.
The Sports Buzzer: Yuri Djorkaeff, How To Judge Previous appearances of the French?
Yuri Djorkaeff (54): Although there was no preparation before the World Cup, the French started the tournament very quickly with a good impression. It was important to start with a big win in the first match against Australia (4-1, ed.) and send a strong signal after the difficult days leading up to the World Cup.
they play Many failures on me?
Naturally. I mean injuries to top players like Karim Benzema, Christopher Nkunku, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante. Then Lucas Hernandez tore his cruciate ligament against Australia. The fact that Didier Deschamps managed to overcome such setbacks speaks to the character and cohesion of this band, which feels like a real unit. In this regard, in hindsight, I found it almost an advantage for France that there was no preparation.
Personally, I have participated in two World Championships and two European Championships in my career. At the time we were in training camp for two to three weeks before the tournament started. During this long preparation, it was always the case that many people got injured and missed the tournament. And there were players who, after world-class performances in their clubs, became more and more anxious in the days before their first World Cup match, not knowing whether to play from the start. This constellation was not positive for the indoor climate.
France are the favourites, but they will need plenty of speed and creativity to beat this well-adjusted England team. But if she fulfills her potential, France will advance to the semifinals.
Will you keep the starting line-up after the match against Poland?
Yes, because I could see that Adrien Rabiot, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud are in perfect shape and are still very greedy. You can’t suddenly act defensively just because the opponent is called England, you have to be brave and honest with yourself. France, with its respect for England, is certainly not afraid.
What will matter in this tight game?
The key will be in midfield: if Aurelien Choamene and Rabiot perform in this tournament, I’m optimistic France will win. I look forward to heated duels, especially with Judd Bellingham, one of the world’s rising stars, whom I really like in Qatar.
What distinguishes it?
Bellingham stands out in the English midfield thanks to his dynamism, speed and strong personality. He certainly has a great future ahead of him.
Dayot Upamecano from Bayern Munich He is one of the great winners of the French national team: Vor der World Championship He was considered as a substitute but he took his chance. How do you see its development?
He has excellent potential, he is already very long in his development and recently managed to gain a lot of experience at Bayern Munich. He’s definitely on the right track, even if the competition for his ‘équipe de France’ spot is incredibly strong. But at the moment, there is no reason for Didier Deschamps to drop Upamecano from the starting eleven.
he is Kylian Mbappe Best player in the World Cup?
For me, Kylian is the best player in the world – and not just since his fantastic performance against Poland. What impresses me most about him is his ability to focus on the essentials, even though he is the center of attention all the time. At 23 years old, he is already a very mature and complete player who combines all aspects of modern football. His style of photography is simply sexy. It is a feast for the eyes how he has such talent to generate such force in a standing position against Poland.
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