The French team returned from Qatar as the runner-up of the world champion (Reuters)
The French national team is still licking its wounds after the dramatic loss in the World Cup final.
Last night (Tuesday) a video was revealed from the Tricolor's dressing room at halftime of the match against Argentina, while the world champions were trailing 2:0, and looking lost.
In the video, Kylian Mbappe is seen standing and slamming his teammates: "It's the World Cup final, it's the game of our lives, we can't look worse. We need to go back to the grass and start playing, be intense, get into fights and do something else. We're behind 2:0. We can come back!"
Substitute goalkeeper Steve Mandanda added: "We've done it before, now it's time to make a change. It's possible, but you have to go out on the pitch with a different attitude. Guys, it's the World Cup final, dammit!"
Didier Deschamps knocked on the table and said: "I don't want to get angry. You know what the difference is right now? They play like it's the World Cup final, and we don't. You have to believe until the final whistle."
Tried to lead.
Mbappe (Photo: Reuters)
The French media also continue to deal with the matter of Karim Benzema, who left the national team just before the start of the World Cup.
According to RMC Sport, one of the reasons for this was that the Real Madrid striker did not like Didier Deschamps trying to rush his return to the pitch.
The coach tried to push for his entire squad to be fit for the opening game against Australia, and while Raphael Varane was given a slightly more patient schedule (and only played in the second game against Denmark), "Benzema wanted to see a little more patience with him as well."
After Benzema was injured in one of the training sessions, he was asked to leave Doha by the professional team.
"Did he think he could come back by the end of the World Cup? Probably so," RMC wrote.
"Either way, it caused a lot of frustration for him, and led him to withdraw from the national team. The reasons for this are still unknown, but there is no doubt that everything that happened has a great weight in it."
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