Didier Deschamps feels responsible for the elimination of the Blues

Didier Deschamps feels responsible for the elimination of the Blues
Didier Deschamps feels responsible for the elimination of the Blues

France team coach Didier Deschamps made no secret of the Blues’ elimination in the semi-finals of Euro 2024 against Spain (2-1) at the end of an inglorious run on Tuesday in Munich.

“The responsibility is mine,” said the coach at a press conference in response to a question about the very disappointing tournament of his two leaders Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann. “Facing a Spanish team of this quality, you have to be at your best. I’m not going to make excuses but we attacked the preparation, we didn’t have Aurélien Tchouaméni, Adrien Rabiot was injured, Upamecano arrived in difficult conditions. We dealt with the most pressing issues by being as efficient as possible despite everything. The step was a little higher, even if we were lucky enough to open the score.”

“In the game, this Spanish team has a lot of control. We were less efficient in the direction of the game. We lacked verticality even if we pushed until the end. I will not blame the players for having given what they had. They were not all at 100% for this competition for different reasons,” he continued.

Asked about criticism of Les Bleus’ unspectacular style of play and their lack of offensive efficiency, Deschamps replied that he had “never denied” this situation but, according to him, his team “did not have 100% of (its) potential”.

“We didn’t do enough to get to the final,” regretted captain Kylian Mbappé. “They played better than us, they deserved to get to the final and we’re going home,” said the Blues star after the semi-final.

On a personal level, “I had the ambition to be European champion, I had the ambition to have a good Euro. I did neither. It’s a disappointment,” added Mbappé.

He particularly regretted his missed chance to make it 2-2 in the 86th minute. “Bradley (Barcola) is doing a great job,” he said. “He gives it to me. I fix the defender, I go in well. Afterwards, I think I have to score. At the very least, get it on target. It goes over the bar. That’s the harsh reality of football.”

He had decided to take off the mask he had been wearing for three games to protect his nose broken in the first game. “I was fed up with it. I couldn’t see well with it. I spoke to the doctor to see if I should play with it. He told me to make the decision like a man. And there you go, I played without it and I don’t regret it,” said “Kyk’s.”

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