This time there will be no final. Since his arrival at the head of the France team, Didier Deschamps had always passed the round of 16. This time, the Basque fell against Switzerland after a crazy match, ended on penalties (3-3, 4-5 TAB). However, it was also the first time that we could see the Bayonnais testing his playing systems so much.
After the World Cup, we wanted the Blues to play better. For two years, Deschamps tried many things and he even called Karim Benzema back just before the competition. So, exit his 4-2-3-1 with Olivier Giroud at the forefront and hello to 4-3-3 with the attack that all of Europe envies us: Benzema-Griezmann-Mbappé.
Lloris is disgusted
But that’s not all. He moved to 4-4-2 in the second half against Hungary, then to 4-2-3-1 with right-winger Corentin Tolisso against Portugal. This Monday, against Switzerland, with the injuries of Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne, he opted for a 3-5-2 with Clément Lenglet who entered the eleven and had a terrible first period. A new failure therefore.
” It’s painful. Even more on a penalty shootout where it becomes a lottery. By leading the France team 3-1 in recent years, we were able to close the shop. And these two goals before regulation time hurt us a lot. In the last half hour, we tried », Explained Hugo Lloris, the captain on TF1, at the end of the match.
Deschamps takes his share
Didier Deschamps, too, looked grim after the elimination: “ imagine the sadness we can feel with this crazy scenario. We had done the right thing. Then, winning by a little excitement, Switzerland came back. It’s always cruel for a team. You have to accept it. There was an important discussion in the locker room. We are on the wrong side today. You will have to accept it even if it hurts. It’s still football. The adversary put us in difficulty. I know, I take responsibility. The credit goes to the players when we win and to me when we lose. Would they have done better in another system? Maybe, but we lose after leading 3-1 “.
Many mistakes, a coach who has never really found the appropriate pattern for his workforce, this is the summary of this failed Euro of the Blues. We will have to quickly question ourselves. The 2022 World Cup will arrive very quickly and nothing says that we will recover, among the 26, very quickly from this terrible failure of 2021 …