Les Bleues are playing a place in the final of Euro 2022 against Germany, this Wednesday July 27 in Milton Keynes (9:00 p.m.). A match that coach Corinne Deacon and captain Wendie Renard approach with determination.
The twentieth France-Germany in history, the second semi-final of Euro 2022 tonight at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes (9 p.m., live on Canal+ and TF1), will be historic. If successful, Les Bleues will qualify for their first major tournament final. If their opponent wins, it will be to try to win a ninth European crown. With the last obstacle England (winner of Sweden, 4-0, Tuesday evening), in its temple of Wembley.
At a press conference before the match on Tuesday, coach Corinne Deacon and captain Wendie Renard delivered what could be the keys to this match. Above all, they displayed their determination and recalled that they had only one objective, the achievement of which will necessarily require a great performance.
STATE OF MIND
Corinne Deacon: “An exceptional mind”
“We are calm. The group lives well, we have not changed our habits. There is no impatience, you absolutely must not play the match before the hour. My players have no doubts, they are confident but also aware of what they failed to achieve in terms of efficiency against the Netherlands. I especially praised the mentality of my group, really exceptional: they didn’t give up. I also highlighted her state of mind: the players who had little or no participation in this match were extraordinarily motivated, like those who were on the pitch”.
A coach delighted with her group (photo Baptiste Fernandez / Icon Sport).
THE BLUE GAME
Corinne Deacon: “Be effective on both surfaces”
“The important thing is not to have the ball or not, but above all to be efficient. We will mainly work on this. We have seen some teams have excessive possession but if they are not effective in both areas, it is not much use. In any case, we are not going to change our game plan. The idea will be the same: finish the match well, try to score a little faster than in the previous match and, above all, seek efficiency in both surfaces” .
Wendie Fox: “We are two great nations”
“When you look at the track record of this team and ours, for the moment blank… In terms of experience and experience, they are two great nations. We are in the semi-finals of the European Championship, we did not complete this course for nothing. They either, they also scored a lot of goals and didn’t concede… It’s up to us to be determined, to score and not to concede”.
Corinne Deacon: “Keep our game plan”
“We are focused on ourselves, on what we have to do and improve. The matches follow each other and are not alike. We are not in the state of the spirit to go and get I don’t know what in front of this beautiful surtitled nation. We just have to play our game, stay focused on what we have to do and on the objective we have set ourselves. We will keep our game plan and if Germany puts a plan against, I also have in my head to go out depending on what they can offer us ”.
A game plan to respect (photo Baptiste Fernandez Icon / Sport).
Wendie Fox: “To be together and determined”
“It’s going to be a tough fight against a great nation, you’ll have to be tough. But there is no complex to have, I think they are not happy to play us either. We have quality to show off, it’s up to us to be together and determined as we have been since the start of this competition, to settle two or three things and be even more effective. The France-Germany are always big matches and that’s all we like. If things are done correctly, there will inevitably be good news and everyone will be happy”.
Corinne Deacon: “Counting with France”
“A Euro is the most difficult championship, all confederations combined. It was complicated from the pools, we made some easy matches, especially against Italy, but that does not detract from the qualities of this team. We had a little more difficulty against Iceland… We know very well that the further we go in the competition, the higher the level. It is up to us to respond and show that today we also have to reckon with France”.
Wendie Fox: “Only the trophy”
“I am a competitor, I like to win titles and I will do everything for that. The young players who are there have a lot of maturity and also want to win a title with our beautiful national jersey. This semi-final will only represent something if we win the trophy. We don’t talk about the second or the third, only the winners, the objective is only the trophy. For that, we have a big match against a great nation which has already won trophies. We know it’s going to be difficult but nothing is impossible in life, especially with the quality of this group. I believe in it, I have confidence in my teammates and you can count on us”.
Wendie Renard turned towards a single objective (photo Tim Guigon / FFF).
Results and schedule
First round – Group D
Sunday July 10, 2022:
- Belgium – Iceland 1-1
- France – Italy 5-1
Thursday July 14, 2022:
- Italy – Iceland 1-1
- France – Belgium 2-1
Monday July 18, 2022:
- Iceland – France 1-1
- Italy – Belgium 0-1
Ranking : 1. France, 7 points (+5); 2. Belgium, 4 pts (0); 3. Iceland, 3 pts (0); 4. Italy, 1pt (-5).
- Wednesday July 20, 2022: England – Spain 2-1
- Thursday July 21, 2022: Germany – Austria 2-0
- Friday July 22, 2022: Sweden – Belgium 1-0
- Saturday July 23, 2022: France – Netherlands 1-0 aet
- Tuesday July 26, 2022: England – Sweden 4-0
- Wednesday July 27, 2022: Germany – France (Milton Keynes MK Stadium, 9 p.m.).
Sunday July 31 at Wembley Stadium in London (6 p.m.).