After the exciting duel with Portugal (2-2), the French national coach Didier Deschamps spoke of a real football fight. “We gave away two goals due to mistakes. Nevertheless, we played for the win. It is nice that we still finished at the top of our group. That remains the best classification. We are going to enjoy it for a while and also have a rest and then we are starting a new battle”, he referred to the upcoming game in the eighth finals with Switzerland.
Karim Benzema, back in the French team after more than 5.5 years, was happy that he had finally scored again. In the preparation for the European Championship and in the first two group matches, he had not yet succeeded. The Real Madrid striker immediately scored twice against Portugal. “I have never doubted myself. But it is nice that I have now met all expectations. I will cherish my two hits, together with the people around me.”
Deschamps praised Benzema for his mental strength. “He had been looking for goals in the French team for a while and now he has them too. He has always kept faith in himself and I have always put faith in him. It’s great for him and for us that the ban is now broken.”