Ibrahima Konaté, Randal Kolo Muani and Eduardo Camavinga spoke after the victory against Greece on Monday in the last game of the season.
Ibrahima Konaté (defender of the Blues, after the 1-0 victory over Greece) : “It was important to finish with a victory. We knew it would be difficult, we were all thinking a bit about the holidays, but we ended up with the three points and a clean sheet, so we are very happy. If the referee should have whistled other penalties? Surely… But it was his last match so I’m very happy for him. We all have to congratulate him. The game is over. We won. I would have liked us to score more goals. But the most important thing was to win, and now the holidays. Physically hard? Yes, a little… Everyone saw it, the spectators, the people at the stadium… There was a lot of fatigue accumulated in the season. But it’s over, so we’re happy.
Kylian Mbappe? We are all happy for him but this is only the beginning… He will continue to break records, that’s all I wish for him. The hinge with Dayot Upamecano? We played a few matches together but it is perhaps too early to say that this is the future of the France team… We continue to work, we have done the work since our debut in the selection but there are a lot players in our position, incredible competition. We have to keep working but we are happy. Four victories in the qualifiers for the Euro? We can’t do more in terms of points and results, and we don’t concede a goal. That’s wonderful.(in mixed zone)
Randal Kolo Muani (Striker of the Blues) : “We wanted to win in front of our home crowd. The goal is reached. We can be proud. We won our four matches (in the playoffs). Now, we can quietly go on vacation before a new season. It was a complicated match, a little closed, and it was a little unblocked thanks to the penalty and the red card. We did the job quietly. My second goal in Blue? It will not be long, we will continue to work, I hope that I will still have these opportunities. September 7 against Ireland? We will cross our fingers (smile).» (on TF1)
The leaders told us to give the maximum to take the three points and qualify for the next Euro.
Eduardo Camavinga (Blues midfielder) : “Victory was the most important thing. We were keen to continue our momentum after Gibraltar (3-0 victory last Friday in Faro, editor’s note) and to be full in June, especially since it had been a long time since we had done so (smile) . And in front of our supporters, it’s important, we’re happy to have done it for them. We wanted to win all our matches, we are competitors. The leaders told us to give the maximum to take the three points and qualify for the next Euro. (…) We knew that Greece had a complicated team, with good players. We did the essentials, we won, we didn’t concede. My training period ? It’s my job, I’ve been in the middle for a long time. I am committed to giving my maximum in each match for the France team and I am happy to have done so.» (on TF1)