Thursday September 1 2016
Deschamps: 'No doubting Italy'

Didier Deschamps was pleased with France’s 3-1 friendly victory over Giampiero Ventura’s side. “I have no doubts on Italy’s quality.”

This was the debut for new Azzurri boss Ventura, who had just three days with the team.

“I am satisfied, we can always do better, but scoring three goals against Italy and conceding only one isn’t bad,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring before Graziano Pellè equalised four minutes later.

“Martial scored his first goal, he is young and needed to break that duck. On the Italy goal Eder did well to get down the flank, Raphael Varane found himself alone in the middle. We could’ve done better, but it was not an easy situation.

“Of course a friendly is not the same as a competitive match. I saw Italy had quite a slow tempo and expected that. We too suffered on a physical level, as playing this early into the season is complicated, but I have no doubts on Italy’s quality.”

Ventura said he was trying to keep many of Antonio Conte’s tactics for the moment, as he hasn’t had time to implement the 4-2-4 system.

“They have different personalities and I don’t think today we saw the same grit as in the Euros, inevitably,” continued Deschamps.

“I believe Ventura will transform the system to integrate young players. It takes time, as for all Coaches. I don’t think Italy are losing anything with this change of Coach, as the principle actors remain the players.”

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