France to ramp up intensity against Peru, Varane says
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[June 19, 2018]
ISTRA, Russia (Reuters) - France
will have to step up the intensity of their defensive coverage when
they face Peru in their second Group C match, defender Raphael
Varane said on Tuesday.
France struggled to contain a tenacious Australian side in their
first game, winning 2-1 with the help of the first World Cup penalty
awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal.
"Some things were not done that well (in the first match)," Varane
told a news conference. "We know that we will have to defend with
more intensity, but mostly defend together."
Varane warned that France should not be complacent against Peru on
Thursday in Yekaterinburg, a team who looked lively despite losing
1-0 to Denmark.
"We're still at the start of the competition," Varane said. "We
shouldn't dramatize (the situation) even though we have to be aware
of the things that didn't go so well during the last match."
The Real Madrid center back said the tough match against Australia
had stirred discussion among the team on how to improve against
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France's Raphael Varane during the press conference REUTERS/Tatyana
"We've made our assessments," he said. "We have talked among
players. We've talked to the coach. We know where we want to go for
the next match."
France have often struggled against South American sides, losing 3-2
at home to Colombia in a March friendly.
(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber,; Editing by Ed Osmond)
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