First question: what is your
opinion on this group and, above all, the
other teams? It's always difficult to
make a comment right after a
draw. Obviously it
could have been more diffcult for
us. Not that I think
it's an easy group, but
yes, there were other teams which perhaps
had a slightly bigger
international reputation. We're going to
face two teams that we
rarely get a chance to play, like Peru.
The last time that France
played against Peru was in 1982.
I don't know if you were alive then
but I barely was.
And then there's Australia, although we played
a friendly against them four years ago.
They're countries and
confederations which we don't often face.
Denmark are more like neighbours, and we're used
to playing them. But beyond our
opponents and knowing who we'll
face, what's important in
terms of planning our work and our
pre-World Cup preparations
is knowing the times of our
games, the cities, the
stadiums we'll play in and the days of the
matches, to be able to plan that whole
in 2014, France reached the
quarter-finals. What is your target in 2018?
Like in 2014, it's to go as far as
Obviously, I now have players
who have a little more experience, as well as
lots of young players who I
consider very talented, but they
are young and don't have much experience
at international level. After that, everything
obviously, we'll go goal by goal.
The first is to qualify for the
Round of 16 as group winners.
Then we'll undoubtedly come up against
teams who are increasingly more solid, stronger
and more experienced. But France
will go to this World
Cup in Russia with lots of
ambition, of course, but also with the humility
you need as well. Last question:
you were a player and captain
when France won their
only World Cup title.
Do you think this talented
Mbappe, Griezmann and Pogba can lift
the trophy in 2018?
I hope so, for their sake. I got to
experience that a long time ago.
Kylian Mbappe wasn't
even born then. But we'll
do everything we can, collectively
and individually. The desire is there.
I have players who play for big
clubs, but there are other countries who
are very strong, stronger than us
at the moment. They have an experience
and international pedigree that's greater
than ours. But we'll do everything we can and we'll
give it our all.