In the middle of the League of Nations with the France team, Didier Deschamps discussed on the Europe 1 antenna about his role as coach, also mentioning certain individual cases such as those of Kylian Mbappé or Karim Benzema. More
Deschamps, fulfilled in his role as coach
In office since 2012, Didier Deschamps continues his adventure at the head of the France team, after titles in the World Cup (2018) and in the League of Nations (2021). You would think he was tired, but no. The former coach of Monaco or even Marseille is fully happy and fulfilled with the Blues, in his role as coach. Long asked about the antennaEuropean 1Deschamps said he needed international matches, the very high level, and the adrenaline that comes with it.
“I feel very good in this role, obviously. It’s been almost ten years, I have changed. I know a lot more things and I have more the measure of the role of coach, both when I’m with the players and outside too. I am fulfilled and I always have been, even if there were not only easy or pleasant moments. But I like it, I repeat, I am fulfilled in this position of coach because it is the very high level and I have always been used to that. I need that and that adrenaline. »
Didier Deschamps, coach of the France team, on Europe 1
Didier Deschamps highlights the requirements who yount with the very high level » before declaring his love for the France team and the blue jersey. » Representing your country, what this red, white, blue jersey represents for me, wearing it for ten years as a player and there as a coach, serving the France team, professionally, that’s what what is more beautiful for me » , did he declare.
« Benzema did everything to get the Ballon d’Or »
Asked about the sad events that occurred at the Stade de France during the Champions League final on May 28, the coach of the Blues believes that “ this shouldn’t have happened« , thus giving » an image far from positive“. This final, which started an hour late, had the merit of crowning a player from the France team, Karim Benzema. In exceptional form, the Nueve can easily aspire to the Ballon d’Or this season. And his coach, Didier Deschamps, pleads his case.
“It’s not you who will decide, nor me, but he did everything to get it. And this title of European champion with Real Madrid… It was so decisive during the season. He deserved it before this title, and is certainly the big favorite to have this individual award. »
Didier Deschamps on Karim Benzema and the Ballon d’Or, European 1
The choice of Mbappé, the absence of Giroud and the Lloris-Maignan duel
Also, Didier Deschamps mentioned other individual cases, and in particular that of Kylian Mbappé. The Frenchman eventually extended his contract with Paris Saint-Germain thus rejecting Real Madrid’s offer. A choice understood and validated by DD. » What I can say afterwards, compared to France and French football, it’s better to have Kylian who remains a link at all levels. Also in relation to foreigners, Kylian’s presence highlights our national championship even more.“, explained Deschamps.
Regarding his choice not to select Olivier Giroud, yet Italian champion with AC Milan, the former OM coach assured that the player » knows the situation » and that the two men have « already traded“. Choices » for the group“, even if he knows Giroud’s attachment to the France team.
Finally, Didier Deschamps put some pressure on Hugo Lloris, the Blues’ goalkeeper, but threatened by competition named Mike Maignan, also imperial with AC Milan this season, and who will also keep the Blues’ goals against Croatia. » The competition is there, it is getting stronger for many players, but so much the better, it also forces the oldest, the most experienced not to fall asleep. Hugo is the number one goalkeeper of the France team, it’s up to him to do everything to stay that way. The message got through.