Deschamps: France didn't show up


“We’re not going to take refuge behind absences, the high level has requirements and we did not meet them.”

By PA Sport

Last Updated: 17/11/18 12:14am

Didier Deschamps said he shared responsibility with his players for France's disappointing display and surprise setback against Netherlands

Didier Deschamps said he shared responsibility with his players for France’s disappointing display and surprise setback against Netherlands

Didier Deschamps admits France failed to perform after a 2-0 defeat to Netherlands left them in danger of failing to qualify for the Nations League finals.

A draw in Rotterdam on Friday night would have ensured top spot in Group A1 for the world champions but they were outplayed by the dominant Dutch and slipped to a 2-0 loss.

Les Bleus must now hope Germany – who were relegated to League B by Friday’s result – beat Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen on Monday.

Coach Deschamps said he shared responsibility with his players for the disappointing display and surprise setback.

3:53
Netherlands kept their Nations League hopes alive with an impressive 2-0 victory over world champions France in Rotterdam, relegating Germany in the process

Netherlands kept their Nations League hopes alive with an impressive 2-0 victory over world champions France in Rotterdam, relegating Germany in the process

“There was a team in front of us with a lot of envy and we were not good enough,” Deschamps was quoted on the French FA website.

“In the aggressiveness, there was no picture tonight and it’s logical that this team from the Netherlands wins this match.

“And I do not exclude myself from this analysis.”

France were without injured Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial at De Kuip.

France were without the injured Paul Pogba France were without the injured Paul Pogba

France were without the injured Paul Pogba

They were on the back foot for most of the match and fell behind to a Georginio Wijnaldum strike in the 44th minute, before an injury-time penalty from Memphis Depay sealed the hosts’ victory.

Deschamps, whose saw his side’s 15-match unbeaten run ended, added: “We’re not going to take refuge behind absences, the high level has requirements and we did not meet them.

“We had too much technical waste.”

Hugo Lloris was in brilliant form despite France's 2-0 defeat to Netherlands Hugo Lloris was in brilliant form despite France's 2-0 defeat to Netherlands

Hugo Lloris was in brilliant form despite France’s 2-0 defeat to Netherlands

France had not lost to Netherlands since a 4-1 defeat in the group stages of Euro 2008.

They would have been beaten by a bigger margin had it not been for a string of saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Captain Lloris says France must now cross their fingers for a favour from Germany during the final group fixture.

Germany vs Netherlands

November 19, 2018, 7:40pm

Live on

“The opponent was very strong. For our part, we did not meet the requirements of the highest level,” Lloris told L’Equipe.

“We played below our potential and we paid for it. The score could have been more flattering for the Netherlands.

“We must challenge ourselves after this defeat and hope for a victory for Germany.”

Play Super 6

Predict 6 correct scores for your chance to win £250K.

Share if you enjoyed this post!



Source link