France national team boss Didier Deschamps has claimed that it would be wrong to judge the young debutant making their way into the national team fold.
Goalkeeper Benoit Costil was one of the debutant and he kept a clean sheet, but Thomas Lemar and Sebastien Corchia came on as late substitute and had little impact on the game. It was clear that manager Deschamps’ decision to go for an entirely new lineup was one of the reasons for the team being unable to get a win in the game against Ivory Coast, which finished as a 0-0 draw.
Most noticeably, it was not a great performance from the team going forward, but they were reasonably good at defending. Despite dominating possession, the team could only muster three shots on target compared to two of Ivory Coast. France could afford to try out some new players after having achieved decent set of results in the World Cup 2018 qualification.
Despite starting out with the goalless draw against Belarus, the team has managed three consecutive wins to go top of the table. Since it is an extremely tough group with the likes of Netherlands also involved, France have to be at their best at all times.
The national team’s next match is against minnows Luxembourg in March. “We had a tough game and it was a laborious second half.When there are many changes, it does not help. We won the game that we had to win on Friday and there I was able to give playing time to young players.It seemed appropriate for the team. Do not judge too quickly the players tonight. The requirements at this level are very high, but I do not often get the chance to do that.We have done very good things this year with the highlight being Euro 2016,” said the French manager.