Deschamps remains positive amid France's winless run

Sun 05 September 2021 | 11:39

France have reached a deadlock in five consecutive matches, including a penalty shootout defeat in the Euro 2020 last-16, but Didier Deschamps is unfazed.

After his side's dismal streak extended with a 1-1 stalemate against Ukraine,

Didier Deschamps

maintains he is unconcerned about the mood in the France camp. 

Les Blues were eliminated from

Euro 2020

at the last-16 round after losing on shootouts to Switzerland in June and have now drawn five games in a row for the first time in their history. 

On Saturday,

Anthony Martial'

s first international goal in five years canceled out Mykola Shaparenko's superb opening in Kiev, marking France's latest disappointing performance.

On the other hand, the defending world champions are still in an excellent status to qualify for

Qatar 2022

, and Deschamps has dismissed claims that there are problems behind the curtains. 

"You have external impressions which are not the same as from the inside," he told Telefoot. "There really is no problem on this side of things. 

"I can assure you the group is concentrated, even if we are in a period with less success. Everything is linked in terms of confidence and success." 

Despite having 61.5 percent possession and 16 shots, five of which were on target, Deschamps' side could not score a winning goal. 

France has now surrendered the first goal in five straight games, their longest such streak since the days of

Raymond Domenech

, which lasted from November 2009 to June 2010. 

"The opponents offer us the same pattern in front of goal with group blocks," Deschamps continued.  

"We have the annoying habit of chasing after the score now. There are times like that, you have to accept it." 

In Group D, France leads Finland by four points, despite their next rivals having two games left to play.

France forward

Karim Benzema

admits it is up to him and his teammates to control the match against Finland if they are to get back on track ahead of Tuesday's match in Lyon. 

"There is nothing to worry about," he told Telefoot. "We have to set the pace and manage our efforts. It is up to us to set the speed.  

"If we keep the ball behind, we have to play fast and vertical passes to hurt the opponent. We have the players needed for that. We can't fall into the pace set by the opponent. 

"We need to enter the field with the desire to win."

For Benzema, who played 12 years at Lyon before transferring to Real Madrid in 2009, the encounter at Groupama Stadium will be a special event.

"It's very special. I have not yet played in this stadium," Benzema said. "Coming back to my city, where it all began for me, is special." 



source: SportMob

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