Adaptation is key, Deschamps insists as he aims to keep France fresh

France coach Didier Deschamps insisted any changes he makes for his side’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Andorra were planned before their shock defeat to Turkey.

Les Bleus were knocked off top spot in Group H on Saturday by Turkey, whose 2-0 win at the Torku Arena in Konya was their third straight qualifying win.

Deschamps is expected to make up to five changes against minnows Andorra in a bid to freshen up his side.

“I had planned (for them), because it seems to me logical to bring freshness, physiologically and physically too,” Deschamps told a press conference reported by L’Equipe.

“I will make several changes, regardless of the performance of Saturday’s players.”

Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe came in for criticism after France’s defeat in Turkey, but Deschamps said all his players had under-performed.

“Apart from Hugo Lloris who was at his level, all the others were behind,” he said.

“You take more Kylian as a target, I see it from a collective point of view.

“He has been below (par). He did not receive the ball in the best conditions and his risk-taking was not rewarded as usual, but I will not have any special treatment for Kylian. I talk to him like all the other players.”

The atmosphere at Andorra’s national stadium, which has a capacity of just over 3,000, will be a far cry from the hostile reception Les Bleus received in Turkey.

Deschamps said his players had been made aware of the expected contrast.

“We go from one extreme to the other and our key word is to adapt,” he added.

“It will depend on us. We will not make that as an excuse. It’s up to us to do the job and take the three points.

“They are as important as those at stake in Turkey. We have the opportunity to take them. Do not miss it.”

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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