France coach Didier Deschamps will miss their first Nations League match towards Denmark on Friday following the demise of his father, assistant coach Man Stephan stated on Thursday.
Stephan has run the workforce’s coaching periods this week within the absence of Deschamps.
”I’ve had Didier commonly on the cellphone since Tuesday, he’s clearly affected by the grief that’s hitting him, however he’s robust,” Stephan advised a information convention.
”He won’t be right here tomorrow. He might be again quickly. It’s a must to respect his grief, he’s together with his household who wants him.”
France face Denmark on the Stade de France on Friday, the primary of their 4 Nations League matches in 11 days.
”We’ll play Denmark within the Nations League and on the World Cup. Three video games in all. It additionally permits the opponent to know us higher,” Stephan stated.
”Denmark are a bit underrated, they’re eleventh on the planet rankings forward of Austria, Germany, Sweden. They’re a strong workforce, with high quality gamers. We’ll have loads to do tomorrow. However we’re prepared.
”They’re a really sturdy workforce defensively, very compact, they’re able to press the opposition like towards the Netherlands. Once they have the ball, particularly when Eriksen performs, it is extremely delicate within the recreation with double passes. It’s extraordinary.”
Stephan didn’t say whether or not striker Karim Benzema, who ended his excellent season with Actual Madrid by lifting the Champions League trophy within the French capital on Saturday, could be concerned within the match.
”Karim simply did yesterday’s session, which was fairly playful. We’re nonetheless 24 hours away from the sport, we now have the afternoon coaching. We’ve got time to see how he’s recovered.”
France additionally play two video games towards Croatia and one versus Austria on this worldwide window.