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Germany defeat a ‘warning’, but no more, says France’s Kylian Mbappe

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 25 Mar 2024

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France forward Kylian Mbappe insists they will not panic following their friendly defeat to Germany as they prepare to face Chile on Tuesday.

The World Cup finalists lost to Germany for a second time in the space of seven months as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat thanks to goals in each half from Florian Wirtz and Arsenal forward Kai Havertz.

Didier Deschamps’ side now face Chile at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and will be hoping to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since 2015.

Mbappe described the Germany result as “a warning” but said it was important not to read too much into it.

He told a press conference, as reported by L’Equipe: “If we had won 5-0, I would not have said to myself that we were going to win the Euros with our fingers in our noses. I’m not saying to myself that we’re going to be overwhelmed either.

“It’s a warning, but we’re not going to throw everything in the trash for a friendly match, even if there were a lot of lessons for the future.

“Now the match is over, we will have to show a reaction against Chile. We must look ahead and realise that what we have done is not enough.

“It remains a friendly match, but there were a lot of warnings, there were too many things that went wrong to beat a team like Germany.”

The Chile game sees France boss Deschamps return to Marseille, where he spent three years as manager before joining the national side.

He said: “I’m always happy to come back here. I spent eight years in Marseille (five as a player from 1989 to 1994, three as a coach from 2009 to 2012).”

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