The France captain Hugo Lloris has provided the first description of the unmanned drone which flew over the squad’s training session last week, revealing it looked like “a little helicopter” and that there was no way of preventing it spying on the players.
The national side’s manager Didier Descamps has lodged an official complaint to Fifa about the drone which halted training at France’s Ribeirao Preto base and Lloris, the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper said that it was an effective device.
“It’s a good invention. It was very small and it flew well,” he said. “It’s a good object for journalists! We heard it and then we saw it. We didn’t see anyone controlling [it]. Maybe they were behind the stand. It didn’t stay over us for a long time. There was nothing we could do to stop it – maybe kick the ball at it. But it’s a big challenge to hit it.”
Asked if he thought the drone was an invasion of privacy, Lloris said that no squad could prevent a device being sent. “Players can do nothing about that. We can’t have control of the drone. Maybe the guy is from the hotel just behind the stand and you can’t see him. Maybe with a good job [from] security we can find him.”
Karim Benzema’s two goals in the 3-0 win over the Hondurans – his first match at a World Cup finals - has fuelled more of the “Benzemania” that Deschamps was asked about before the Honduras match.
France 3 Honduras 0 player ratings
France 3 Honduras 0 player ratings
1/22 Hugo Lloris 7/10
What little he had to do, he did with ease and class and never looked in the slightest bit of trouble.
2/22 Debuchy 7
Honduras going down to ten man meant he could fly forward and did so well. Helped set up Benzema’s second.
3/22 Evra 7
Did well up and down the wing and was solid at the back.
4/22 Cabaye 8
Looked classy and never rushed and produced a great pass in the lead up to France’s second.
5/22 Varane 6
Was fine at the back and had relatively little to do. Nearly gave away a penalty late on for tackle on Costly
6/22 Sakho 6
Was a touch suspect early on but settled down and managed with everything Honduras could muster.
7/22 Pogba 6
Guilty of getting carried away in clash with Palacios and could have been sent off for Beckham-like kick out. Good touch to win penalty.
8/22 Matuidi 6
Was powerful in the middle of the pitch but really should have scored from Evra’s crossed.
9/22 Banzema 9
Scored two, nearly had three and could have got a hat full more. Looked superb and well be key to France’s WC chances.
10/22 Valbuena 9
Skilful, tricky and a threat all night. Set-pieces were a danger throughout and went close to scoring on more than one occasion, a real highlight for France.
11/22 Griezmann 7
Played well but not has much of a threat as his attacking team-mates.
12/22 Honduras: Valladares 6/10
Despite shipping three goals, including an own goal, the goalkeeper actually played quite well. Several good saves and the save of the tournament so far from Matuidi’s effort.
13/22 Beckeles 4
Helpless to stop France and looked out of place at this level.
14/22 Izaguirre 4
Equally unable to deal with France and should have been red carded for lash out at Valbuena.
15/22 Palacios 3
Awful, awful night for the Stoke man who deservedly received an early bath.
16/22 Bernardez 6
Did better than his teammates in keeping France at bay before picking up a nasty looking knee injury.
17/22 Figueroa 4
Another Honduran who could have been shown a red card after scything down Valbuena, poor.
18/22 Najar 6
Did OK for half an hour but had no chance in stopping France after his team went down to ten.
19/22 Garrido 5
Also guilty of some awful tackling and escaped the referee’s red after horror tackle on Evra, bad night.
20/22 Costly 6
Could have won a penalty late on but referee said no, very little to go on other than that.
21/22 Bengston 4
Very little chance to get into the game in an attacking sense and was replaced at half-time.
22/22 Espinoza 5
Was a threat in the first ten minutes but nothing after that.
Lloris said that the 26-year-old striker was at the peak of his form. He said: "He had a really good season with Real Madrid, he won the Champions League final and is in good confidence. He played well during the preparation games and he was in excellent condition to play today. He showed that, scored two, maybe three, depending on the Fifa decision, and it was important for him and for the team to start well because he is a decisive player for France. Maybe he is our key player and he showed it today.
“When you play for Real Madrid you have to be a special player. He is still young but he is an excellent player. He has a big talent and for him this competition is the perfect platform to show who he is to everyone.
“This was his first game at the World Cup after being left out four years ago. You never know what will happen in the future. The World Cup only comes every four years and when you have the chance to play you have to take it and enjoy the possibility to play at your best level and do everything for the team. That’s what every player did today.”