Corinne Deacon: "I have to preserve the unity of my group"

Corinne Deacon: “I have to preserve the unity of my group”

“Clara Mateo, Ouleymata Sarr and Sandy Baltimore are not on your list. Why ?
Clara and Ouleymata are injured, for Sandy it is a choice of the moment. I judge his performances lately with his club (PSG) a little lower. Nothing really bad, it’s a pick at one point, that will allow me to see Lindsey (Thomas) and Faustine (Robert), even if they prefer to play on the other side (on the right wing).

Laurina Fazer (18, PSG) debuts in her group. Why did you call her? Same question for Faustine Robert (28, Montpellier) and Lindsey Thomas (27, AC Milan)…
Laurina, I saw her especially during the last U-20 World Cup. The idea with my staff was to continue integrating the young people. She had a good World Cup, we’ve been following her for a long time. She already had playing time last season in Paris, she has a little more this season. It’s time to see her, also against two renowned opponents. This will allow you to measure yourself internationally. Faustine is having a good start to the season with Montpellier. She had already come with us, she is a player we know, a little older, but she salutes her current performance. For Lindsey, we’ve been following her for a while. She has statistics, game time, we had a little room with Clara’s package. It will be interesting to see her development since she left our championship.

Griedge Mbock’s serious injury brought the last rally to a sad conclusion. Do you have any news of him?
Of course, I take news regularly, without bothering him every day either. She’s better, she’s in rehab. She has to take her pain patiently. She has morals. I take my hat off to her, she is extraordinary, she has such strength, such courage. I think in her place she would have given up on me a while ago. But she still wants, today she suffers less, it allows her to project herself a little more. She is in rehab with Marie-Antoinette Katoto, they both support each other and support each other in these somewhat difficult times.

“When you open the press, nothing ever happens. So we prefer to tend to be very bad every day. I take the opposite, the opposite”

Kadidiatou Diani makes a great start to the season with PSG and wears the captain’s armband. Could you give it to him at Les Bleues?
She is efficient and that is very good, that is perhaps what we could have blamed her for in the past. She knows it, she works for it every day. She knows that she has to be much more decisive. For the captaincy, we have Wendie (Renard) coming back, she’s Wendie’s captain, no question about it.

Kadidiatou Diani, with the women's PSG this season.  (F. Faugère/The Team)

Kadidiatou Diani, with the women’s PSG this season. (F. Faugère/The Team)

In view of the latest developments in the investigation of the Kheira Hamraoui attack, will it be necessary to address this issue at the next rally to clear things up and listen to the players?
It’s not planned. This is not a story that concerns the France team, at least not directly. We already talked about it after the Kheira attack. There is a case in progress, we must let justice do its thing. We have to be focused on the field, we have things to prepare. We know what is said in the press, I will not comment further. I do not have all the information, I will refrain from saying anything.

His name appears in the wiretaps revealed between Aminata Diallo and her adviser César M., also a partner of Kadidiatou Diani. How did you react to? Will you discuss it with Diani?
I would definitely have a talk with Kadi, but I don’t think about that. We will focus mainly on football, his current performance. It was not Kadidiatou Diani who spoke in the press, I have no problem with her. There is only one story, I prefer to have two. We will refrain from any discussion on this subject. I have to preserve the unity of my group, it will be important. We did some good things in the European Championship, we have to take advantage of it. These two matches should allow us to establish our game, to continue to progress also against two great nations.

Several non-sports cases are currently being revealed, and in particular around the FFF. Does this concern you?
I’m not necessarily very optimistic by nature, but I’m becoming one. With all that you can hear, all that you can read… When you open the press, nothing ever goes right. So we prefer to tend to be very bad every day. I take the opposite, the opposite. We are in the France team, I fully live what I live with my players, my squad. We are focused on our performance, our services. You have to ignore what is wrong. We will look for the positive side.

“If Kheira (Hamraoui) plays for a club again and does well, he will be selectable”

The president of the French Federation Noël Le Graët has been implicated in the context of the affairs surrounding the FFF. Did you feel touched?
Of course he is affected. Now, I will not comment further. In any case, the exchanges I have with him are always cordial and very professional. Again this morning (Thursday), we met over the next World Cup (from July 20 to August 20, 2023, in Australia and New Zealand). We work well together.

Tired of hearing about women’s football for business instead of sport?
No, because it’s the same for boys. For once, they treat us the same way.

Kheira Hamraoui wants to continue her adventure with the France team. Are you right to believe it?
I have no judgment to make on this case. If Kheira plays for a club again and performs well, he will be eligible. The door is not closed to anyone, but today the doubt does not arise since she does not play.

Kheira Hamraoui, warming up with PSG last season.  (P. Lahalle/The team)

Kheira Hamraoui, warming up with PSG last season. (P. Lahalle/The team)

Injuries to Griedge Mbock and Marie-Antoinette Katoto, and Amel Majri’s pregnancy, currently deprive the French team of three great players. Are you optimistic about your presence in the World Cup next summer?
For Marie and Amel yes. For Gledge, a little less.

Wendie Renard calls for further development of French women’s football, including the need to create a professional league. What do you think ?
There are things that are done in the Federation, in particular the constitution of a high-level Commission, which is empowered to reflect and make decisions. I think you will find solutions, things are taking shape. The players are in good condition, they are paid to play, something that did not happen in my time. Certainly there must be an evolution, but we must allow time in time. »

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