Deschamps: “The hardest match in the world cup? Against Australia

A month after the world title does French coach Didier Deschamps his story in Sport/Voetbalmagazine.


“You can be as a footballer nothing more important reach, this really is the supreme. It was for the whole group, also a confirmation, eventually we have together for that title to work. That did, two years after the painful european CHAMPIONSHIPS, says Deschamps in the interview. “Two years ago, in own country, we have an incredible opportunity missed. But I think in retrospect that this experience has helped us to find the right way to the final in Moscow to begin.”

What was the most difficult match? ‘Against Australia,’ surprised the coach of France, ‘though we won eventually 2-1. But it was not really a roaring start. While that first groepsmatch is important, for the confidence and for the feeling in the team.’

About the semi-final against the Red Devils, he says the following: “We have against Belgium apart, but eventually we could us with our grades continue to rise. That 1-0 was not from the air, even though we didn’t always have everything under control. From the other side: we became world champion with fourteen players for the first time such a tournament took part in it. Eleven of the fourteen goals we scored after the group stage matches. I’m proud of this group have put together. With surgical efficiency, as my assistant called it.’

Good luck

France was during the world cup and despite the title also quite a bit of criticism to swallow. Not in the least to the defensive tactics of his trainer. Deschamps responds: “I have the criticism registered, but I did not take into account. In Russia I lived in a sort of cocoon, in a small community, you are, as it were, cut off from the world. I’m always quietly remained, I was really in balance with myself. Afterwards, some of those comments made me do a grin, but I felt nothing for the old accounts to settle, that is not in my nature. Some people have, by the way, excused.’

And the criticism that he is very lucky then? ‘Luck, you will have one time. But if you repeat, there is a lot of work behind. Of course, there are the circumstances. I had no influence on the draw, it was not my fault that Edinson Cavani in Uruguay was injured and Thomas Meunier was suspended for the semi-finals. That are things that happen. During the final of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS, I had no luck when André-Pierre Gignac in the injury time on the pole lap. Say that you luck, that has nothing to do with the reality. But that kind of statements, I’m really not awake.”

Read the full interview with Didier Deschamps in our Plus-zone or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 15 August.

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