what if this was one match too many for Deschamps? | EUROtoday

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Por the primary time within the Deschamps period, the French staff didn’t end on the prime of its group in a serious match. Surprised by Poland (1-1), the Blues let Austria get forward of them. The 2018 world champions are actually in essentially the most difficult a part of the Euro desk for the knockout section, with Germany, Spain and Portugal. And past the worrying steadiness sheet with just one victory, the proposed spectacle is lower than the usual of a supposed favourite of the competitors.

” Regrets ? We did what we could do”

All eyes inevitably turn to Didier Deschamps, architect of this team completely lacking in inspiration. Facing the press, the coach wanted to put things into perspective, defending the first results of this start of the Euro. “I’m not frustrated. The goal was to take first place but we had to win. From the moment you don't win, you have to accept it. We did the right thing, we had chances. We have to appreciate what we have done. The first objective is achieved even if we don't have the place we wanted. Regrets ? We did what we could do. »

The matches against Austria and the Netherlands were marked by solidity and a clear margin for improvement in the opposing camp. The opportunities are there, but efficiency has been critical for Mbappé, Griezmann and others. We were hoping for a breakthrough against Poland, but the Blues were once again struggling with Skorupski on fire in the opposing goals. Bradley Barcola, fielded for the first time in the competition, brought his usual percussion and carefreeness but was quickly taken off on the hour mark.

Deschamps under contract until 2026

If the Mbappé case has been difficult to manage with his nose weakened since the match against Austria, the French team must not be dependent on a single player. The problems are growing on the table: Antoine Griezmann in the tough physically, Ousmane Dembélé who benefits from unlimited credit and a bench which has very little impact. By wanting to find balance at all costs, the coach ended up proposing a team with no common thread from one meeting to the next.

READ ALSO Euro 2024: Mbappé or Griezmann, who’s the actual boss of the Blues? As Didier Deschamps likes to repeat, “it’s one other match that’s beginning” for a French staff that’s extra at midnight than ever. After twelve years of the Deschamps period on the head of the Blues, we might nonetheless have appreciated extra certainties. By being prolonged till 2026 for the World Cup in North America, the coach advantages from limitless confidence from his federation. It stays to be seen whether or not this Euro with out panache will result in the anticipated questioning. First reply Monday July 1 at 6 p.m., with a spherical of 16 towards Romania, Belgium, Slovakia or Ukraine.