Didier Deschamps described Anthony Martial’s first goal for France as “an critical breakthrough” right after the 3-1 win more than Italy.
France coach Didier Deschamps has predicted Giampiero Ventura’s spell as Italy coach might be a thriving 1 just after his side inflicted a 3-1 defeat on the Azzurri in Bari.
Ambitions from Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud and Layvin Kurzawa ensured Ventura’s 1st game in the helm ended within a setback, but Deschamps had words of encouragement for his opposite quantity, who took more than from Antonio Conte right after Italy’s run to the quarter-finals from the European Championship.
France, playing their initial game given that losing to Portugal within the final of Euro 2016, capitalised on numerous defensive errors either side of Graziano Pelle’s consolation target for Italy, but Deschamps refused to acquire carried away by the result.
“A friendly just isn’t precisely the same point as a competition,” he mentioned. “I saw Italy inside the second half but the rhythms were low. I anticipated an Italy like that.
“We have also suffered and, physically, to play so early in the season is difficult. But I’ve no doubts about the quality of Italy.
“The players would be the similar. I usually do not believe that they’ve lost their edge because Euro 2016.
“I also believe that Ventura will advantage by integrating young players into the side. But for this you need time as to all. I do not think that Italy lost inside the transition, the coach is very important but the major actors will be the players.”
Deschamps was relieved to find out Martial score his initially aim for France, and indicated that he was content with the preparations his side had created ahead of Tuesday’s Planet Cup qualifier against Belarus.
“[Martial] scored the very first goal,” he said. “It is definitely an essential breakthrough as a young player.”
“I’m happy,” he added. “You can always do greater but to score three against Italy, who concede rarely, will not be negative.”