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Deschamps explains why he took William Saliba off at half-time

William Saliba vs Denmark

Denmark defeated France 2 – 0 thanks to first half goals from Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen. Deschamps opted to take out the duo of Eduardo Camavinga and Saliba at half-time after a poor first-half from the team.

In a post-match interview with TF1, the France boss said:

 “I don’t think it’s a shipwreck, we also had a lot of chances but we were ineffective, we made some errors when playing out from the back,” the France boss told TF1 post-match.

“It’s a young French side, where the majority of the players don’t have experience at the very highest level. It’s not a question of formations, but when you have four corners and a Danish player is left alone each time, you can play with three, five or twelve at the back, it doesn’t change a thing.

“There’s no need to worry, the fact that the players with international experience are coming back will do us good. Cama was not in the best mood, it can happen. He has not been with us for a long time and he’s starting the match already. He was not the only one either. It will serve him well for the future just as it will serve others.”

“Obviously we have young, quality players who are learning but the important thing is to recover all our vital, experienced players for two months’ time.”

Les Bleus narrowly avoided relegation to League B of the UEFA Nations League after Austria lost 3 – 1 to Croatia at home. The world champions managed just one win in the group, and will hope their fortunes are different come November 22 when they kick-off their world cup campaign.

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