World Cup 2022: Deschamps ordered to explain himself!


By: Nicolas Gerbault

Beaten a year ago in the World Cup final, the Blues have come a long way since then. However, in the eyes of Christophe Dugarry, the chapter is far from closed.

If Fabien Galthié took time to react to the failure of the French XV in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup, Didier Deschamps never really analyzed the disillusionment of the Blues in the final of the 2022 World Cup. football, to the credit of Argentina. At least that’s the feeling of Christophe Dugarry who, a year later, on RMC, called on the national coach to provide answers to his many questions.

A year ago, after the final whistle and this lost final, I was like everyone else. I was like many French people, I was terribly sad but above all very angry. Disappointed by the content of the match which I found quite mediocre or even pitiful in certain momentssays the 1998 world champion and former teammate of Didier Deschamps in the selection. While everyone was telling us that it was the best final of all time, I wanted us to talk about the content and football. »

Explanations due to supporters

To do this, the former striker drew up a list of questions which, according to him, were never asked of the Bayonne technician. “ This is for example, for this World Cup final, to explain to us why Mr. Deschamps chose this team composition and this organization in order to cause problems for the Argentinians. We could still ask him the question. Also ask him what was the weak point of the Argentines that his team tried to emphasize? Why was his team so physically dominated by the Argentines for 90 minutes? If he has any regrets in his preparation for the match, about preparing for the physical density or the mental aspect of a final? Ask him to explain his changes during the match, which almost worked because it wasn’t all negative… How were his players at half-time and what was his speech? Were there any sick players since we said that was the case, and tell us which ones? Ask him if he has any regrets or if he would have liked to change something before or during the match? There are dozens of questions that a good journalist should have asked him. But that was never the case. »

To conclude, Christophe Dugarry invokes the right of supporters and followers of the France team to find answers to these questions which fuel disappointment and frustration. “ I think that Deschamps owes this analysis to the enthusiasts and supporters of the France team. I think it would even be a mark of respect towards the French supporters who experienced this World Cup with so much passion. Obviously, I’m not stupid and I don’t think a coach or coach is obliged to explain everything. But for a World Cup final as crazy as this one was, I think it would have been a good thing. Remember that a coach is also an educator and a trainer. So sometimes, explaining or analyzing things becomes a duty. I don’t think there’s anything unexplainable. »

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