France – Belgium, Deschamps’ assistant reveals the Red Devils’ mistake

France – Belgium, Deschamps’ assistant reveals the Red Devils’ mistake
France – Belgium, Deschamps’ assistant reveals the Red Devils’ mistake

After the Blues qualified for the quarter-finals of the Euro against Belgium, Guy Stéphan looks back on the Red Devils’ blunder.

After the 2018 World Cup (semi-finals) and the 2021 Nations League (semi-finals), the French team has once again eliminated Belgium in a major competition. On Monday, the Blues took the upper hand over the Red Devils (1-0) in the round of 16 of Euro 2024 in Germany.

Guy Stéphan discusses the Belgians’ mistake

Thanks to an own goal by Jan Vertonghen (85e), the French team has booked its ticket to the quarter-finals of the European Championship, which is taking place in Germany. In a press conference on Wednesday, Didier Deschamps’ assistant looked back on the match. For the French coach, Belgium preferred to play lower, which penalized them.

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“At the start, Belgium seemed to be a very attacking team, but they played rather deep. We had possession of the ball, a little less in the second half. They were more attacking with one less central striker. They tried to attract us, we didn’t go to extremes. Our central defense was great. The ball often fell into the midfield zone, including Tchouaméni. Maybe they fear us.”said Guy Stéphan, who was impressed by Jules Koundé’s performance.

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“Koundé is a very high-level professional and is much criticized in this position. He is great defensively, he brings something extra offensively. He is having a perfect Euro so far”he added.

The Blues focus on Portugal

Qualified for the quarter-finals, France will face Portugal this Friday (9pm) at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg. For the winner of Euro 2000 with France, the Blues have already worked on penalty shootouts in a session before challenging the Seleção. But Mbappé and his teammates remain focused on the duel that will look like the Euro 2016 final.

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“There aren’t many days left. We worked on penalty kicks in one session, would that have an impact? I don’t know. We’re more focused on the match and the opponent, on ourselves. We must already be recovering well. This will be the 5th quarter since Didier Deschamps took over the team, in 6 competitions.”continued Guy Stéphan, who recognizes the lack of efficiency among the Blues.

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“I look at the images and I saw the ones from training, I only saw the missed shots but I can tell you that there were goals even if there were misses. There were also exceptional saves. We are in the middle of training. To tell you that there is not a goal deficit, that would not be true”lamented Deschamps’ assistant.

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