Ibrahima Konaté: “I can’t wait to see the match between Walker and Mbappé”

“Your teammate and friend, Dayot Upamecano, struggled on his debut for the French team. There he achieves a great World Cup. How do you explain this click?

No, there was no click. I know about his abilities. We played together at RB Leipzig. But he shows us unusual things during this competition. There is nothing surprising in this to me.

How is Adrien Rabiot in the dressing room?
I didn’t know him before this WC. I had never lived with him in the group. It’s a good life. He talks to everyone. He is a key player in this competition. Adrien brings us a lot, defensively and offensively.

How do you see Harry Kane, who you meet in the Premier League?
He is a very great English player. I already had the opportunity to play against him. But we should not only focus on him in the England team. Don’t target anyone in particular, but this team as a whole.

You have played in the Premier League for two years. What have you learned from English football?
English football gave me greater concentration. Some mistakes in the Bundesliga don’t pay cash unlike in England. All teams, down to the last, are dangerous in the Premier League.

How do you see the duel between Kylian Mbappé and Kyle Walker?
It is true that they are two great players. Walker is one of the best right backs in the world. I can’t wait to see the match between him and Kylian Mbappé.

How do you rate the English defence?
It’s more of a question to ask our forwards. Football is not only played with a defense. We will have to bother them collectively. It is the coach’s job to show us some things we don’t see.

Are you superstitious before matches?
No way! It doesn’t exist for me. others? I have no idea. I am not aware of that. »


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