VIDEO SHOWS: FRANCE TRAINING AHEAD OF UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST CROATIA SLATED FOR WEDNESDAY / NEWS CONFERENCE WITH FRANCE CAPTAIN AND GOALKEEPER, HUGO LLORIS AND FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS
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RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SHOTLIST AND SCRIPT
ZAGREB, CROATIA (OCTOBER 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. FRANCE SQUAD COMING ONTO PITCH FOR TRAINING, INCLUDING DEFENDER, BENJAMIN PAVARD (CENTRE, BACKGROUND); CENTRE-BACK, RAPHAEL VARANE (CENTRE, FOREGROUND)
2. SQUAD WALKING ONTO PITCH
3. WIDE OF STADIUM AND SQUAD IN THE CENTRE OF THE PITCH
4. FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS, SPEAKING TO STAFF ON PITCH
5. SQUAD JOGGING TO WARM UP
6. MORE OF SQUAD WARMING UP
8. SQUAD GATHERING ON THE PITCH
9. SQUAD STRETCHING
10. FRANCE CAPTAIN AND GOALKEEPER, HUGO LLORIS (CENTRE), TRAINING WITH OTHER GOALKEEPERS
11. SQUAD STRETCHING
12. LEFT WINGER, KYLIAN MBAPPE (CAP, FAR RIGHT), STRETCHING WITH TEAM MATES
14 LEFT WINGER, KYLIAN MBAPPE (CAP); FORWARD, ANTHONY MARTIAL (JACKET); FORWARD, OLIVIER GIROUD (ORANGE SHOES); WARMING UP AMONGST OTHER TEAM MATES
15. SQUAD WARMING UP WITH FOOTWORK DRILLS
ZAGREB, CROATIA (OCTOBER 13, 2020) (FFT - ACCESS ALL)
16. FRANCE CAPTAIN AND GOALKEEPER, HUGO LLORIS, ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE
17. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE CAPTAIN AND GOALKEEPER, HUGO LLORIS, SAYING:
"Football needs its fans. We understand the situation and we adapt to that situation but being able to play in front of fans tomorrow will be nice, it'll bring energy to the team and the match."
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19. LLORIS LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE / FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS, ARRIVING
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21. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS, ON EXPERIMENTING WITH TACTICS, SAYING:
"I decided that it was the right moment - September, October, November - not to carry out tests as such because it's really about an analysis when faced with an adversary, it's doing things differently with a different organisation, different relationships too, to have answers before we prepare for the Euros in 2021."
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23. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS, ON LUKA MODRIC, SAYING:
"Croatia with Luka Modric is a lot stronger because he has a big influence. He's a technical leader and also a psychological leader because he has that ability, through his technical ability, the quality of his passing, the goals he can score. He didn't win the Ballon d'Or for nothing. If Croatia got to the final of the World Cup in Russia, they owe it to a great extent to Luka Modric."
STORY: After a scoreless draw against Portugal on Sunday (October 11), France hope to have a better showing against Croatia in Zagreb on Wednesday (October 14).
The world champions hit the training pitch in Zagreb on Tuesday (October 13) as they prepared for what Didier Deschamps said he expects to be a challenging match against Luka Modric and company.
Croatia will be looking to keep up the momentum following their 2-1 win over Sweden on Sunday.
Portugal sit on top of League A Group 3 with seven points after three games, while France are second, also with seven.
Croatia are third on three with Sweden at the bottom with no points.
(Production: Antonio Bronic, Kurt Michael Hall)