Asked about a possible relaxation of her team after the slap inflicted on the Macedonians, Corinne Deacon immediately dismissed this idea: “The girls are aware that Austria is not Macedonia, Serbia or Kazakhstan, without offending to these teams. The first place in the group will be played between Austria and us, they are focused on this match, the previous meeting is behind us. We are confident even if we should not have it in excess. “
“We should not be afraid to play against Austria”
This Tuesday, the shock at the top of Group G with the other first, the Austrian opponent (15 points), will be eagerly awaited. Especially since the two nations have not conceded a single goal since the start of the qualifiers for Euro 2022. From there to take this match for a final? Corinne Deacon continues: “Let’s say a semi-final since there are two games … It’s easier for us to start away and finish at home. We have the best arrangements to start this match, we will have to be efficient in our offensive animation, and in the area to conclude. Our great strength is this ability to score with several players capable of doing so. France is not dependent on one person, it is a team. […] We are under pressure from the result, we are used to playing these matches so without offending our opponent tomorrow (Tuesday), we should not be afraid to play against Austria either. “
“All the players are potentially holders”
The victory at the Stade de la Source in Orléans on Friday did not put an end to the controversy between the coach and the players of Olympique Lyonnais after the non-selection of Amandine Henry. Shortly before the meeting against North Macedonia, Wendie Renard and Amel Majri had criticized Deacon who had decided via his deputy, to place them on the bench against Macedonia. Asked about the question, the former Clermont coach justified her choice by the “form of the moment” and did not wish to say more: “I do not want to talk about a player in particular. From the moment I select girls, they are potentially titular. The priority is the field. The selection of the day is not necessarily that of the next day. “Wendie Renard and Amel Majri will know Tuesday, after reading the team roster, whether their criticisms of the coach have been forgiven or not.