The president of the French Football Federation, “very disappointed” by the elimination against Switzerland, will soon meet with the coach.
Support for Brigitte Henriques, elected this morning (with 57.87% of the votes in the 1is tour), president of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, Noël Le Graët, tired look, low voice mentioned the elimination of the France team in the round of 16 of the Euro (3-3, 5-4 on shots to goal) : “I’m disappointed. We were leading 3-1 10 minutes from the end and we missed the last penalty. Not making it to the quarters is a disappointment. These are the vagaries of football. We had strong periods in this match. At 3-1, I thought it was won. I am very disappointed, of course.»
As for the future of Didier Deschamps at the head of the France team (he is under contract until 2022), the president of the FFF said: “I left Bucharest during the night, I arrived at 4 o’clock in the morning, I am going to call Didier, things must not be confused but we will need to discuss, of course. I have a lot of affection for him, and I know the difficulties of football, a shot on the post, a penalty… Lloris saves us on a penalty and Mbappé misses his… It is due to so few things. Sport is not an economic logic. We are a little disappointed, especially when we are leading 3-1, ten minutes from the end, we have to win… We had rather prepared for the next trip. It’s a match that we could or should have won.»
Deschamps takes his responsibilities with this failure
Monday evening after the elimination, Didier Deschamps did not shirk his responsibilities in this resounding failure: “It hurts, I saw a very sad locker room. We had discussions with the players, it’s a united, united group. We had wonderful times. The group is still united in this difficult moment but football, I know how it is. When the France team wins, the credit goes to the players. When things go less well, it’s my responsibility, I assume it. I am with the players, they are with me in this painful moment. We had the ambition, the strength to continue, but unfortunately it stops there. You have to accept it.»