Didier Deschamps names the person responsible, according to him, for the inglorious elimination of the French team

Didier Deschamps names the person responsible, according to him, for the inglorious elimination of the French team
Didier Deschamps names the person responsible, according to him, for the inglorious elimination of the French team

France lost in the semi-final of Euro 2024 football against a brilliant Spanish team. After a competition that was met with criticism, particularly on the basic play, Didier Deschamps responded to journalists.

The responsibility is mine“, affirmed Didier Deschamps in a post-match press conference in response to a question on the very disappointing tournament of his two leaders Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann.Against 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 “no”never denied“this situation but, according to him, his team”did not have 100% of (his) potential“.

Deschamps also had a word for Olivier Giroud, the top scorer in the history of the Blues (57 goals) who played his last match for the national team, coming on at the end of the game.

He is disappointed like all the players, he said. He was there at the start, he is the last one left since the first match against Uruguay in Le Havre (first match of the Deschamps era in 2012, editor’s note). He has had difficult periods and he ended up being the top scorer. He is an example of longevity, seriousness and professionalism. Even if he had less playing time at the Euro, he was fully involved with the group. He was one of the leaders even if he was not on the pitch. I want to say bravo and thank you for everything he has done.”

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