Like a hangover day. For the French team, eliminated in the round of 16 of the Euro, the awakening is difficult especially since we will have to draw a balance sheet of this competition. And it is not good since between the tactical trial and error of the coach, the injuries and the poor form of some, the Blues have missed. Didier Deschamps even placed himself as the main responsible for this failure. However, there is no question for him to leave his post, while his contract runs until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“My future ? This is not the point. You know, we said things to each other. There is solidarity, unity in this group, a strength that emerges. I have a responsibility, I assume it. I am with them, they are with me. It’s sport, you have to accept it, even if it hurts. We will see you in September (smile) », assured the coach yesterday at a press conference after the elimination against Switzerland (3-3, 5-4 tab). However, he did not fulfill the objective of the semi-finals of the competition.
Le Graët relies on Didier Deschamps
This is what its president had set him before the Euro. On the sidelines of the general assembly of the French National Olympic Committee which has just elected the former player Brigitte Henriques at its head, Noël Le Graët spoke about the France team and the disappointment of the result. He also affirms that he will meet Didier Deschamps in the coming weeks to set the course for the coming months, and especially the qualifications for the next World Cup, which have already started, before the big meeting in less than 18 months only.
“I’m disappointed because we were leading 3-1 with ten minutes remaining. And then, we miss the last penalty. Not reaching the quarter-finals is a disappointment. That said, these are the vagaries of football. Everyone will tell you. We had some highlights in this match. We thought it was won “, rewinds the president of the French Football Federation this Tuesday morning, his voice covered. He will be calling Deschamps in the next few hours.
“I’m going to call Didier because I haven’t had him yet. We must not confuse things. We will need to discuss obviously. I have a lot of affection for him. I know the difficulties of football. It stems from so few things. There is no economic logic in football. We are disappointed. When we lead 3-1, that’s what annoys me a bit, we have to win ”, regrets Noël Le Graët, who therefore seems to rule out the idea of parting with Didier Deschamps after this disillusionment.