Deschamps not considering leaving Mbappe on the bench against Spain

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Didier Deschamps spoke to 'Telefoot' for French television and acknowledged when asked about Kylian Mbappe that he is not "at 100%", but that his mere presence serves to condition opponents because of his talent.

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Kylian Mbappe is not at his best at the moment. He is having to face the European Championship in Germany with a mask that makes him uncomfortable and with several worries that condition him mentally. His coach Didier Deschamps acknowledged this in a brief interview with 'Téléfoot' on Sunday morning. The coach was full of praise for what his star striker represents not only for his team-mates but also for his rivals.
"Don't you think he has already made history with what he has done so far? He wants to make even more history. We did everything possible with him and the medical staff to bring him here. During the preparations, he also had a little problem with his back, but Kylian is here. Even if he's not 100 per cent, I know very well that, for the rivals, knowing he's here also conditions them and, even so, they are obliged to adapt," he claimed.
On the lack of goals for the 'Bleus', who have reached the semi-finals with just three goals, he argued: "It's not a criticism, it's a fact. We are less effective in attack than before, but that hasn't stopped us from being there, in the semi-finals, once again. Afterwards, there is always criticism. What interests me is the internal life between what I see, everything we have to do with all my staff, everything that is outside... I live with that and I live very well".
France's next opponents are Spain, so these statements are of particular interest to La Roja fans, who, as Deschamps underlined, will be fearful of a Mbappe goal anyway. So far in the continental championship, the Real Madrid star has only been able to score from the penalty spot against Poland in the group stage.


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