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"In the end, it's cruel", Deschamps sounded after the defeat


Didier Deschamps struggled to hide his disappointment after coming close to a comeback against Argentina. He was also evasive about his future

  • Didier Deschamps came within a hair's breadth of an almost unique double in the history of the World Cup.

  • The coach did not wish to reveal if he continued his adventure at the head of the France team. 

From our Special Envoy in Doha,

Defeat never tastes good, especially in the mouth of a born winner, which is certainly Didier Deschamps.

The coach missed the opportunity to achieve a historic double in the World Cup on the bench of the France team and in the most cruel way possible, on penalties, against an indestructible Argentina.

Like his players, dying on the podium when collecting their medal, Deschamps appeared touched by defeat, his second in the final of an international competition with the Blues.

However, he did not forget to pay tribute to the new world champions, a mixture of "aggressiveness and a little cunning", he notes.

Like that of the Argentine goalkeeper, Dibu Martinez, monumental vice during the penalty shootout.

“But we expected it, and I don't want to take credit away from them by saying that.

“Before taking stock of the match, of his team.

Calmly, but bitterly.

From despair, to hope, to disappointment

Would it have been better to lose by completely going through or to do so by being the protagonist of a final propelled into the Hall of Sport?

Hot, on TF1, DD was not far from opting for the first option.

“At 2-0, if we take a third, there is nothing to say.

“Before clarifying his thought.

“We put a lot of heart and energy to get back into this game.

In the end, it's cruel.

We come from nowhere, we get closer and we touch something and it escapes us.

It's even harder to digest.


For Deschamps, the Blues were diminished

Did the mysterious virus so much talked about the days before the final play on the catastrophic start to the match for the France team?

Deschamps does not buy the theory, but does not invalidate it either.

“We did our best to manage.

Was there a physical or psychological impact?

Maybe I don't have the answer.

Compared to the players who started the match, I didn't have the slightest concern.

[…] It's not an excuse, but we didn't have the dynamism we had until now.


Hence the need to inject new blood at the end of the first period, when everything was going down the drain.

Giroud and Dembélé paid the price.

“I changed because we lacked freshness and I wanted to do things differently.

It's not that I want to make Olivier and Ousmane feel guilty, who have done a lot to get us there, but today I saw them less well.


DD silent on his future

The failure is not digested that Deschamps is already faced with the million-euro question about his future at the head of the Blues.

A question on which he did not wish to pour out.

“Even if the result had been the opposite, I would not have given an answer today.

I will have an appointment with my president at the beginning of the year, you will know.


Questioned the day before on the same subject, DD had been more talkative.

"The France team has always been the best thing that has happened to me in my professional life, in my first life as a player and then as a coach," he said.

Now it's been 10 years.

It's really the passion, the very, very high level.

I am very well, very happy to be in this position.

“In the meantime, a grueling and disappointing World Cup final passed by.


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  • Sport

  • World Cup 2022

  • Didier Deschamps

  • France football team

  • Argentina

  • Soccer

Source: 20minf

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