Wednesday 14 June 2017

We Had Positive And Negative Moment - Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate has said we saw both the good and bad of his England side in the 3-2 defeat by 10-man France on Tuesday night. Harry Kane scored twice for England in Paris, but a late goal by Ousmane Dembele gave France the victory, having had Raphael Varane earlier sent off.

England manager Southgate praised his side for causing France problems with the ball, but said their quality without it was a concern.
He said “Over the 90 minutes we saw the things that we are very good at, and with the ball we caused France a lot of problems, created chances and looked dangerous. We scored the two goals, and then we saw the other side that we have to get better at, and that was some of our work without the ball, and our managing of the game, particularly when it went to 2-2. I thought the three at the back worked really well, up to 2-2 I think it gave us good options on the ball, we moved the ball well and caused France problems with that. Whichever system we played we had a problem with their pace and power. That raw athletic ability that France have is what makes them one of the most difficult teams to play against. It is definitely something which France at all age groups have. They are blistering, and they will cause you huge problems on the counter attack if you're not supremely well organised. At times we want to press, but we have to be spot on against a team like that, if you leave gaps at the wrong moments they will exploit it, and that's what they did tonight.”

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