France are out to correct Euro 2021 failure – Rabiot
The defending world champions are hoping to atone for their early exit from the Euro championship last year by winning the tournament in Qatar, and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot praised their preparation for the tournament on Friday.
Rabiot, who is playing in his first World Cup after being left off the team that won the championship four years ago, said the team was allowed to train without interruptions in Doha, Qatar, which had not been the case the previous year.
“The most crucial thing is that we must continue to be one. Therefore, we don’t search outside the group for issues that can lower our spirits. Before their opening World Cup encounter against Australia on November 22, Rabiot observed, “We have the capacity to perform better than we did in the Euro.
“It’s true that this time around, we have a lot more luxury. We are confined to this tiny bubble. It was mid-Covid with numerous restrictions in the Euro, which made
The world champions lost to Switzerland in the round of 16 of the previous Euros, and they were eliminated.
“We can all remain here and try to forget anything for the outside,” he said. “We received a lot of comfort here.”
Presnel Kimpembe, Paul Pogba, and Ngolo Kante are among the injured players for France; forwards Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane are still with the team but are nursing ailments.
“They are working on it, so I have faith that they will join us shortly. Before we gathered, there were other injuries outside of the group. They are significant participants, but sadly they are not present today, so we must proceed without them “explained Rabiot.
Regarding his first World Cup,
Rabiot famously turned down a spot as a backup for the World Cup team in 2018. His coach Didier Deschamps called the player’s decision at the time a “huge error” before bringing him back in 2020.
In their Group D matchups, France also faces Tunisia and Denmark.
“The disappointment of not being chosen for the 2018 World Cup was immense. I perceive it as retaliation. I’m happy to be here. We are eager to advance to the final because we have the chance to make history “said he.