“The teams have changed, but I think the style of play will be the same,” said Lloris.
“We don’t want to have the same feeling that we had after the game in Russia, even though we were able to take the win, from a performance point of view, we weren’t up to it.”
the footballers spectacular penalty shootout win over Peru in Junesaid Lloris, he had clearly galvanized his opponents and given them the confidence they had lacked in the later qualifying stages through Asia.
“I think this really brings a team together and creates a very good mentality and resolve within a team,” he said.
“With set pieces, we have to be very careful. I know that in the transition to the front, they are also very fast, they can penetrate very quickly. Therefore, we must keep up.
“We need to see our strengths early on, the way we are able to penetrate… but also try to find that balance so that we don’t have to deal with the counterattack. We want to have a lot of possession of the ball, and we are going to try tomorrow”.
While French players have they spent most of the week admitting they know little about the Socceroos Individually, understandably, there is no doubt that Deschamps and his coaching staff have scrutinized Australia’s players, 17 of whom are at the World Cup for the first time, so poorly regarded by European scribes.
Most of the questions directed at Deschamps by the French media revolved around Benzema’s late withdrawal, the impact it would have on the squad, the pressure they felt and even the curse of the supposed world champion. No European team that has won soccer’s biggest trophy has progressed from its group to the next tournament in the modern era, and there have been no back-to-back winners since Brazil repeated themselves in 1958 and 1962.
Deschamps dismissed the idea, ending his press conference by noting that neither had questioned his knowledge of their earlier opponents, hinting that the French are far more aware of the dangers within Arnold’s side than they have let on.
“We don’t count our chickens before they hatch. We know our three opponents who are waiting for us and we know Australia very well,” Deschamps said.
“You haven’t asked me anything about Australia, that’s perfect, it suits me.”
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