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Team France – EdF: Deschamps doesn’t have Neymar, but has PSG’s problems – FRENCH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith

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Team France - EdF: Deschamps doesn't have Neymar, but has PSG's problems - FRENCH FOOTBALL 1

Despite the world crown in Russia in 2018, the French team has not escaped criticism in recent months. With debates revolved around the style of play.

Under Didier Deschamps, Les Bleus won, but did not give away. This was confirmed once again during the Euro 2020 qualifiers, where EdF finished first in his group without shining. Always based on a cold and defensive style of play, the tricolor selection is based on the same principles for the upcoming European Championship. At the helm of Les Bleus for almost eight years, the coach, who recently extended his contract until 2022, defends his philosophy by taking Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain as an example.

“Just because you were world champion playing like this doesn’t mean that all the teams that play like that would have been sacred. We have to build on what has made us strong. We had a collective strength and very high efficiency in defense and on the offensive side. But I don’t agree with some of the tests. We were criticized for being too much control and possession, but that was not the case in the playoffs. We also improved in an area where we might have difficulties against teams with a low block and high density. We had the ability to be dangerous and score goals. We have a style of play, but I’m not obsessed with it. That didn’t stop me from bringing anything else based on the absences of some players. We’ve used a preferential system so far and it can evolve a little bit in agreement with the aligned players in terms of offensive animation. It reminds me of the somewhat utopian ideas and questions people have about PSG and playing with four attacking players. Why not. Thomas Tuchel or I, we know very well the demands it takes to see these four players act offensively. But I also know the need and the obligation to have a balance and what these four players have to do when the team doesn’t have the ball.”, admitted, at RMC, Deschamps, that he hopes France will defeat Germany and Portugal in the pools before going to win this euro and do the double, as the DD Blues had done between the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.