Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

SPORTS

Deschamps rues ‘cruel’ defeat

But, unfortunately, the dream did not come true

DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — France coach Didier Deschamps said the way his team lost Sunday’s World Cup final against Argentina was “cruel” after they came from behind twice over the course of the game only to succumb in a penalty shoot-out.

“We were not as good in the first 60 minutes against top-quality opponents who had a lot more energy, but we came back from nowhere and turned the game around from a very difficult situation. That leaves us with even more regrets,” said Deschamps after France failed in their bid to become the first team in 60 years to retain the trophy.

Kylian Mbappe scored twice in two minutes to cancel out Argentina’s two-goal lead and force extra time, in which he scored again from a penalty to complete his hat-trick and make it 3-3 after Lionel Messi had put the opposition back in front.

Randal Kolo Muani was then denied a last-gasp winner by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, and Argentina won the shoot-out 4-2, with France’s Kingsley Coman seeing his penalty saved and Aurelien Tchouameni missing the target.

“We had a chance to win the World Cup in the last minute but it wasn’t to be,” Deschamps said.

“At 2-0 there would not have been the same regrets, you just say ‘bravo’ to them.”

“I don’t want to take any merit away from Argentina but there were lots and lots of emotions and it was cruel at the end because we were so close.”

Deschamps suggested that the virus which laid low several of his players in the run-up to the final was partly to blame for their poor performance over the first hour.

“There were many reasons which explained why we were not as good. Several important players had less energy but bringing on younger players with less experience but plenty of freshness and quality allowed us to keep dreaming.”

“But, unfortunately, the dream did not come true.”

Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano both returned after missing the semifinal win over Morocco due to illness.

Raphael Varane started having missed training on Friday with cold-like symptoms but the sluggish performance of Deschamps’ team for long spells suggested others were also struggling.

“The whole squad had to face up to a difficult situation. Did that have a physical or psychological impact? Maybe, I don’t know,” said Deschamps, who had hoped to become the first coach to win two World Cups since Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo in the 1930s.

“I wasn’t worried for the players who started, but maybe it was just the matches catching up with us, and we had four days to prepare, one day fewer than them.”

“These are not excuses but we were not as dynamic as we had been and that was why it was practically not a contest for an hour.”

With his team trailing 2-0 at half-time, Deschamps said he had been so angry in the dressing room that he hurt a finger, which was covered with a plaster as he spoke to reporters.

“I lost a bit of my finger at half-time. That happens to me sometimes — you have to cause a few ripples and try to turn things around.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

SPORTS

Manny Pacquiao knows his time is up. This was the keen observation made by a longtime member of his training team who spent dinner...

ESPORTS

The dynamic duo of Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna and Danerie James “Wise” del Rosario is back with a bang after leading Blacklist International to a...

SPORTS

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines will have a full calendar of sports events for Season 85 starting 1 October. UAAP President Fr....

ESPORTS

ECHO has revealed its roster for the upcoming M4 Mobile Legends World Championship to be held 1-15 January 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The seven...

SPORTS

It’s going to be business as usual as the Philippine Basketball Association will not stop its on-court activities when it gives way for the...

SPORTS

It doesn’t look as if newly-crowned Melvin Jerusalem will get the luxury of defending his minimumweight crown against a handpicked rival after the World...

SPORTS

Mitchell, meanwhile, is a six-foot shooting guard frowm Hartford University.

SPORTS

Legendary boxing referee Carlos ‘Sonny’ Padilla was recently inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Famous for serving as the third man in...

Copyright © DAILY TRIBUNE