"Continue to continue", it does not interest him, he promises.
Three weeks after failing at the foot of a historic double, Didier Deschamps signed a new contract on Friday January 6 with Noël Le Graët to lead the national team until July 2026. Arrived on the bench in 2012, the former captain des Bleus explains that he always has the same desire to transmit and all the equipment necessary to last even longer at the highest level.
He spoke, this Saturday noon, in front of the press, at the end of the general assembly of the FFF.
A speech that proved how much the defeat in the final of the World Cup against Argentina Messi is not yet digested.
He just spoke about the reasons for the non-match of Antoine Griezmann's teammates against Argentina for almost 80 minutes.
Five players, he claims, were not ready for such a challenge.
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How do you imagine this new mandate?
Can we expect upheavals?
It's hard to answer you today.
I will have discussions with a lot of players.
There is always competition out there.
The truth of December will not necessarily be that of March.
Some available today will not be available in March
(for the next two games, March 24 and 27, against the Netherlands and Ireland).
No situation is fixed.
The players had very little time to breathe.
We went back to following them.
We have a solid March ahead of us.
The qualifying phases are never quiet.
We must not rest on our laurels.
How do you plan to support this new generation?
It takes a lot to bring them to the necessary requirement.
There is an expectation, with a title in 2018 and a final in 2022. All countries are working well.
The high level is unforgivable.
Despite all the difficulties and the imponderables, the group of players in Doha was very competitive and showed incredible strength.
This was also reflected on the ground.
Through this World Cup, some have been able to reach a level that they did not have before.
Previous rallies hadn't yielded the expected results, but it did give some game time to many.
It is, in any case, a privilege to have such a tank.
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How to stay at this level without being overwhelmed by a form of wear and tear?
This question, some have already asked themselves before.
I think you got the right answer.
Even if the very high level has very high requirements.
It is not to continue for the sake of continuing.
I have my freedom, I need the president's validation and I am convinced that there are great things to do.
It's not about copying and pasting.
They are not the same players, it is not the same context.
This continuity is important for the players too.
With my staff, we talk a lot with them.
A relationship of trust is not created overnight.
This makes it possible to apprehend certain problems, sometimes a little more private.
And make sure with the most experienced to transmit to the youngest who will be brought to be a little more empowered.
Before the World Cup, some wondered how we were going to have leaders.
There were already some and others have asserted themselves.
Continuity in a climate of trust doesn't win games, but it's very important.
Looking back, how do you explain this missed World Cup final for a good part of the match?
I won't go into details.
There is already the quality of the opponent, who put a lot of arguments in the duels.
And we opposite, for two main reasons, we were not at the level.
I'm not going to attribute the problem to one player more than another.
But on the starting lineup, come on, there are five players who, for different reasons, weren't up to par for such a game.
Look at N'Golo Kanté in 2018. He missed his final perhaps, when he had a very, very good World Cup...
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Have you identified the causes?
Some players were less physically well.
Then is it due to the virus?
There is the accumulation of matches… And then there is the emotional aspect too.
For many of them it was their first World Cup final.
Those who have lived it, if they have the chance to relive one, they will manage it a little better.
I won't use strong words, but we didn't exist for a good hour.
Afterwards, we came back a bit from nowhere but we did what we had to because they too had this defect of having much more difficult endgames.
We jostled them until we got very, very close, but I don't hide the part where there was no match.