Before the round of XNUMX match against Poland on Sunday, French coach Didier Deschamps warned of the danger of striker Robert Lewandowski: "We have to limit his influence" on the game, he claimed at the official press conference.
«This Polish team defends very well, they like to defend, but they should not be limited to that. It is the offensive game, it is a competitive team, with a competitive core of players," Deschamps explained.
"You have to limit their influence" in Robert Lewandowski's game. «The fewer balls that reach him, the less dangerous he will be. He is an intelligent player, with technical ability, who uses his body very well. Any ball can be dangerous with him », he warned.
After a first phase in which France qualified after beating Australia (4-1) and Denmark (2-1) and lost the last game against Tunisia (1-0) with a 'B' team, Deschamps assured that "Now another competition begins."
«I don't want to add pressure to our tranquility, but there is a quarterfinal place at stake. The difficulty level increases. The demands must be even greater », he insisted.
Captain Hugo Lloris assured for his part that "the team is aware of the event, of entering a new phase of the competition, in which if you win you win the right to continue and if you lose you go home."
The goalkeeper did not limit himself to highlighting Lewandowski, "one of the best '9' in the world for years", but also praised goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who "is having a magnificent tournament and if Poland is in the round of XNUMX they will He owes it to his goalkeeper."
Despite the favoritism of France, Lloris recalled what happened last year in the Eurocup, when the 'Bleus' were eliminated in the round of XNUMX after losing against Switzerland on penalties. "Many times we tell ourselves that we must not relax whatever the scenario (...) and if we have the opportunity, we must 'kill' the game."