Didier Deschamps has asked Anthony Martial to stay consistent, following his muted start in the new season.
The French forward was a delight under Louis van Gaal and scored 11 goals in his debut EPL season.
“Anthony started the season very early. He’s already played a lot in a system that is slightly different to ours,” Deschamps said of Martial, who only started one of France’s seven matches at Euro 2016.
“He needs to be more consistent, despite his qualities. He can make the difference in a game because he’s a fast and powerful player who can score and assist. At this age, even if he has already proved a lot, he has to go through that stage. He has to maintain a certain level of performance for some weeks, some months.
“He’s played a lot, he’s the one who played the most last season and that’s why he was a little unfit at the European Championship. He has a lot of qualities. I’ve already told him that so he is aware, but he must push himself a little harder sometimes.
“It’s his state of mind. He’s like that so he needs to battle a little with himself. He needs to get stronger in order to maintain his level on a long run.”