Rabiot happy in unknown wing role for France as he admits seeking “redemption” after Finland’s defeat


The Juventus midfielder has hinted that the Blues are not fully focused on their friendly midweek loss and want to make amends against Portugal.

Adrien Rabiot admitted his France team had to “redeem” themselves in the Nations League clash with Portugal on Saturday after a reverse shock in their midweek friendly with Finland.The world champions succumbed 2-0 at home to the Fins on Wednesday in Paris, turning into an anemic display in which they carried little offensive threat.

Responsible for defeating the European champions away from home, they showed a different face.

They dominated much of the game but had only one predatory strike from N’Golo Kante to defend as the hosts rallied towards the end.
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However, Didier Deschamps’ men held their own, saving face after their embarrassing exit a few days earlier.

“We had to redeem ourselves from the game against Finland, in which they were not good and not at our level,” said Rabiot. TV team. “Portugal was a serious game. It is easier to motivate yourself, but you have to have the desire to do good things.

“We said to ourselves that we had to start the game well and that’s what we did. We were compact defensively. In the future we could have scored but we created a lot of changes. In the end, we were a little under pressure, but in this type of match it’s normal.

Used in a role to the left of the midfielder, Rabiot, who won his eighth cap, was just happy to be back in the squad.

“I was on the left in a 4-4-2, but my job was not that of a winger, I was much more central in the game,” said Juventus, 25. “I tried to get the ball back and move it forward. When we didn’t have the ball it was a good position to block opposing midfielders.

“It’s not a role I’m used to having, but I’m glad I played it well. When you are good, you can adapt to any position. I’m happy with my game and that of the team.

The victory means France sealed their place in the Nations League final ahead of their last group clash with Sweden in midweek, while Portugal face Croatia.


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