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France ´calm and focused´ ahead of World Cup final despite illness outbreak, says Deschamps

SoccerNews in World Cup 17 Dec 2022

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France head coach Didier Deschamps says his team is “remaining calm and focused” despite an illness outbreak ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final.

Les Bleus were without Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano for Wednesday’s 2-0 semi-final win over Morocco due to a sickness bug among the squad.

The French Football Federation confirmed on Friday that defensive pair Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate had missed training through illness, after Deschamps said on Thursday that Kingsley Coman had felt unwell.

Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the final against Argentina, Deschamps seemed relaxed and confirmed he was feeling well himself.

“I’m absolutely fine,” he said. “As for the players, I left quite early this morning, they were all still asleep so I have no recent updates.

“We are trying to manage the situation as well as we can, remaining calm and focused. I’ll get more information today and think about it today and maybe even tomorrow.

“I don’t want to go into details. I know it’s a subject that’s of interest to you and I fully understand that but we are doing our best to take precautions and adapt as necessary.

“We are trying to live with it without going too far, getting too carried away, just doing what’s necessary.

“We’d have preferred not to face this difficulty but we are facing it as best we can with our medical staff.”

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