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Batelli enjoys 'extraordinary' France display

Published: Sunday 24 July 2016, 23.20CET
"An extraordinary moment" was how victorious coach Ludovic Batelli summed up France's final display, although he also found time to think of Italy's Paolo Vanoli.

Match statistics

France
Italy

4

Goals scored

0

23

Total attempts

5

10

on target

2

9

off target

3

4

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

9

Corners

3

0

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

5

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

17

17

Fouls suffered

10

Lineups

France

France

Italy

Italy

1Bernardoni (GK)1Meret (GK)
4Onguene2Vitturini
41
5Diop
49
90+2
3Dimarco
7Augustin
6
4Barella
33
8Tousart (C)
82
5Romagna (C)
11Mbappé6Locatelli
80
12Blas
19
81
8Picchi
46
13Michelin
84
9Favilli
84
14Harit
90+1
10Minelli
56
15Maouassa15Coppolaro
17Poha
85
18Ghiglione
78

Substitutes

16Braat (GK)22Zaccagno (GK)
2Kwateng7Edera
56
3Boscagli11Cassata
78
86
6Gelin
81
13Pezzella
9Aye14Pontisso
10Thuram
85
16Cutrone
46
18Fuchs
90+1
17Panico

Coaches

Ludovic Batelli (FRA)
Paolo Vanoli (ITA)

Referee

Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)

Press kits

Standings

  
Published: Sunday 24 July 2016, 23.20CET

Batelli enjoys 'extraordinary' France display

"An extraordinary moment" was how victorious coach Ludovic Batelli summed up France's final display, although he also found time to think of Italy's Paolo Vanoli.

Ludovic Batelli, France coach
It's an extraordinary moment, but I want to take a moment to think of Paolo – it's your worst nightmare to have a performance like that in a match of this magnitude. I want to congratulate my team and offer commiserations to Italy.

The key was to defend well. Against Italy, if you don't defend well, you're in trouble. The players were well aware of that. It's not revenge [for EURO 2016]; it's an achievement for this group of players, all the staff and all those who've played with us over the years and over this season. We put in a great performance tonight, it was top quality – and the scoreline reflected our dominance. We played a perfect tactical game.

There were three key points: play as quickly as we could on the break; use the wings – which is how our first two goals came, so that worked perfectly; and defend well, win the second ball. Our back five had to close space and close the gaps – and Italy couldn't deal with that.

This year we've had a great squad and it's a win for all of us; the squad is a real group and we've benefited from that, from the circumstances created when we won our last elite round game in Serbia. We weren't awake at the start in our first game against England, but maybe that ten minutes made us win this tournament; everyone knew that if we continued like that, it would be a catastrophe. These are players who've worked for each other, with great quality, and we've shown that in our last three matches: against the Netherlands, Portugal and especially Italy.

[To celebrate] we'll have a meal at the hotel for the players and their families; we've had five weeks' working together so we can keep them one night longer! Players will go back to their clubs straight away to start preparing for the new season; there's no time to stop because it all begins again. I hope they'll continue to have some great achievements.

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France's Ludovic Batelli (left) with Italy coach Paolo Vanoli before the final

Paolo Vanoli, Italy coach
Firstly we have to offer our congratulations and compliments to France. They won the match, they're European champions and they deserve that – they played very, very well. I'd also like to praise our players as they did the best they could. They got to the final, which is important for them and the future – so we'll see what happens next.

We started well and were doing OK for the first few minutes but France scored early and after that it was difficult to stop them. But we did as well.

We knew there was a big difference between us and France. You can prove it with statistics; France's players have made 195 appearances in the first and second divisions. That's the real difference between them and our players – our players haven't got that experience and that counts.

We did very well at this tournament; we played really well. Our squad was very strong, we played with good organisation and that's why I want to pay my compliments to my team and how they did at this finals. They've been excellent.

Last updated: 25/07/16 10.58CET

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