“If we go there it is to win, in any other case it is ineffective”, formidable Pavard earlier than the World Cup

Benjamin Pavard spoke this Wednesday morning within the morning of RMC, earlier than the takeoff of the gamers of the French workforce for Qatar and the World Cup. 4 years after the title of the Blues in Russia, the defender has the agency want to win a brand new star.

Benjamin, if we inform you June 30, 2018, 57th minute, what does that remind you of?

My strike essentially (towards Argentina within the spherical of 16 of the World Cup, editor’s observe), I’ve the photograph which is framed at residence in a room. We see that it’s marked “57th, purpose of Pavard” and we see with the trail of the ball. I’ve the photograph at residence so it brings again good recollections.

And 4 years later, are we nonetheless speaking about it? Are you continue to being questioned on this, among the many supporters?

Sure, in fact, as a result of it was an essential purpose, it is also the most effective purpose of the World Cup, so it is an important reminiscence for everybody. As well as, it additionally allowed the workforce to let go extra afterwards, so it is a second that’s essential for me but in addition for the workforce and for all of the French individuals.

As a result of earlier than this purpose, there had solely been three, then there have been 9 others plus one within the France workforce. Did this purpose liberate you, make you wish to search this gesture of perfection?

In no way. After me, I did not ask myself any questions. It is Lucas (Hernandez) who crosses, she comes again to me, I take her very properly, it was a second after we weren’t essentially superb within the match. As well as, I see behind, there was Greg Dupont with the substitutes too; you see their arms rising so afterwards unconsciously, I went to see the bench, I celebrated with the bench. However after the sport was not over so good that we received the sport as a result of if I had made this strike and we had not received, it might have been ineffective.

4 years in the past on the time you have been, we will say, a newcomer to the French workforce, in any case not essentially very well-known to most of the people in 2018. At the moment in 2022 you’re one of many survivors of this Mondial 2018, you’re barely 10 of the 2018 journey beginning right this moment in Qatar. Can we are saying that right this moment you’re a part of the France workforce?

I am not going to say a body. I feel there are executives who’ve been there longer than me like Olivier (Giroud), like Hugo (Lloris), Raph (Varane), Grizou (Griezmann)… Lastly there are various who’re there for longer than me, after it is true that I’ve extra alternatives, I even have extra expertise on the excessive degree with my membership (Bayern Munich) the place I used to be capable of play in main competitions, matches crucial. So it’s sure that now I’m not the little teenager.

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Exactly, there are younger individuals who will expertise their first main competitors in Qatar throughout the France workforce. At the moment you’re able the place you give them recommendation, what do you inform them?

No not essentially. I feel they’re very excessive degree gamers as a result of in any other case they might not be chosen. They’re additionally used to taking part in main competitions, whether or not the Champions League or the Europa League. Afterwards, in the event that they wish to speak to me, ask me for recommendation, that is what I am right here for. After crucial factor is on the bottom: to be as environment friendly as potential.

“A sick schedule for footballers”

You might be in the course of the season, there isn’t any preparation, there aren’t any pleasant matches, it’s going to go in a short time, you are taking off simply now….

It is higher to not put together.

It is true that you just gamers want that, chaining matches. However there, 5 days there to arrange for subsequent Tuesday’s match towards Australia, does not that appear a bit difficult? Did the coach have any explicit phrases? As a result of after we speak to him about it to Didier Deschamps, he says “there isn’t any preparation, take the phrase out of your mouth”.

After that we’re very excessive degree gamers, we have now been taking part in since September each three days, we have now seen that there are a number of bodily glitches as a result of we aren’t machines. For me it is a sick schedule for footballers. After us we adapt, it is true {that a} World Cup in November isn’t straightforward with the warmth, the air-con, it isn’t straightforward however you must adapt. And we will likely be prepared to offer every thing to win this primary match which is essential.

There’s the query of the calendar with this World Cup in Qatar however there may be additionally the query of the context, we have now heard quite a bit about human rights. You will have simply introduced that quite than T-shirts or armbands, you’re going to assist NGOs. Is that this one thing you talked about within the band earlier than making this resolution?

I feel that it is good. We have been capable of discuss it collectively. I feel every thing is written within the letter. We solely discuss it now, nevertheless it’s been occurring for 10 years. You have seen every thing within the letter, now we’ll give attention to the pitch and the soccer and profitable the video games and going so far as potential.

Ought to I do that earlier than leaving?

I feel it is essential, we made a very good resolution collectively so now we’ll focus solely on the pitch.

This World Cup is in winter, it is solely the second for you, it is a particular second: a really unusual schedule, the danger of harm, filled with questions. Are you going to disregard this?

We’re rivals. If the coach has taken gamers who have been injured earlier than, it implies that they’re legitimate, it implies that they will play, I feel, the primary match, after that you must ask him. I am not a physician however in any case everyone seems to be doing properly, everyone seems to be pleased to be there, there’s actually an important ambiance so now we’re going, we’ll do every thing to win.

A primary recreation towards Australia simply 5 days after your arrival, there will even be Denmark within the pool… It appears to be like quite a bit like 2018, Australia, Denmark… Is {that a} good omen?

After all, these are matches the place everybody sees us move quietly, however we mustn’t ever take the groups frivolously. There’s a first match towards Australia, we noticed properly in 2018, we struggled, we had bother profitable. Now we have to take recreation by recreation, we simply should give attention to ourselves and play our soccer. There’s simply the sector that speaks and the outcomes.

Denmark impressed you? As a result of it is nonetheless twice that you have damaged your tooth on this workforce.

No, we all know very properly that it’s a superb workforce which is united, which is robust defensively, offensively which additionally has superb attackers. Afterwards, we simply should give attention to ourselves, I feel that the difficulties we had earlier than, it is higher to have them earlier than than in the course of the World Cup. I feel we discovered from these difficulties, in any case I hope so and I hope that it’s going to go properly. Now we have an essential match as I mentioned, we should not consider Denmark, we should consider the primary match towards Australia.

So goal first place, to keep away from Argentina within the spherical of 16?

We do not keep away from anybody, we play the matches to win them after we take what there may be to take. Anyway to go to the tip, you must beat everybody so there may be already a match, you must win it after which we will consider the second.

What’s the ambiance within the group and particularly what would be the playlist of the locker room? As a result of all of the supporters are questioning what the tune will likely be, the soundtrack of the French workforce till the ultimate…

Frankly I have no idea. After everybody listens to totally different kinds, if it was me it might quite be the 80s, I hearken to a little bit of every thing myself. However the ambiance is nice, we’re all very pleased to see one another once more. Now we’ll get pleasure from, I hope we’ll have an excellent journey collectively.

This third star for the France workforce, this second for you, do you consider it? Whereas we all know that for a title holder it is all the time difficult to move the primary spherical…

It is not chilly within the again however we all know that we’re anticipated. Clearly we’re the France workforce, we have now simply received the World Cup 4 years in the past so we will likely be anticipated at every match. Now it is as much as us to focus solely on ourselves.

Simply to focus solely on you, once you go away like that for an extended match, do you chop every thing or do you watch social networks, the written press? Are you going to hearken to RMC?

Solely RMC!

Wonderful reflex. Are you delicate to what’s mentioned about you?

No, frankly we’re in our little bubble. Everybody has the proper to precise what they need, whether or not it is good or unhealthy. We’re simply concentrating on the pitch and on the ambiance which will even be essential.

Appears like social media, is it potential to do it, actually reduce? Does not your entourage inform you “I noticed that”?

Unconsciously we will see it, however afterwards it simply should not have an effect on us. I feel we’re very excessive degree gamers, we have now all already been criticized in our careers and crucial factor is to bounce again and carry out properly on the pitch.

You will have the sensation that this World Cup has been properly ready, that every thing will go properly, that the temperature distinction won’t impress anybody, that you’ll not be on trip even when you’ll not be very removed from a pool at your resort and also you’re off to do one thing massive?

If we go there, it is to win, in any other case there is not any level in going there, it is higher to remain at residence. So after we adapt, we all know {that a} World Cup in November isn’t straightforward both. The temperatures we’re used to taking part in in summer season within the hottest climate we’re going to play there, so we’re rivals, we wish to win and we’ll do every thing to take action and there will likely be no excuses .

If there was an opponent who scares you greater than the others? We talked about Argentina, Brazil… Is there a favourite or not less than a rival?

There are a number of favourites: there may be Argentina, there may be Belgium, there may be Spain. There are a number of, there are us.

You aren’t mentioning Germany?

There’s Germany too, however after that I am not going to say all of them. There are a number of nice groups. Afterwards, there are all the time surprises, at every competitors, however we simply give attention to ourselves and do not take into consideration the remaining.

And personally the target is to place a volley within the quarter, within the half, within the ultimate? It’s going to arrive when the strike of Pavard?

Actually, if I do not put on it and we win the World Cup, that fits me very properly, after that if I can put on it, I will put on it, however I do not give attention to that. An important factor is to have a really compact block defensively, which is my function, to defend properly earlier than attacking and afterwards you by no means know, perhaps put one again, in any case I do not do repair on it.

Interview by Jean ResseguiƩ and Charles Magnien

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