Crowned world champion in 1998, Didier Deschamps entered the annals of (Site notre bureau spécialisé) by descending the Blues to a new title on July 15, 2018. At the cost of a big color at halftime of the match against Croatia.
Didier Deschamps joined a very closed circle on July 15, 1998. Twenty years after the coronation of Aimé Jacquet’s band at the Stade de France, the former Marseillais achieved a very rare double by leading the Blues on the roof of the world at the 2018 World Cup. Which allowed him to join Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer in the legend of the World Cup by having been world champion as a player and coach.
And in 2018 as in 1998, or the portrait of the captain’s armband, Didier Deschamps played a decisive role in the victory of the French team. This was especially the case in the final against Croatia. Because if the Blues finally won 4-2, they never managed to give off the same impression as in their previous matches against Argentina, Uruguay or Belgium.
Yes, I moved them on the break
The first period was particularly complicated. And the French got away with it by leading 2-1 thanks to two goals scored thanks to a csc from Mario Mandzukic and a penalty converted by Antoine Griezmann. Two goals scored despite… only one shot attempted, only 33% of possession and 40% of duels won. The problems of the blues obviously did not escape Didier Deschamps. The speech of the tricolor coach is to say the least muscular at halftime.
“Yes, I moved them at the break. Because we were missing out on our final. We won’t win any duels. We were petrified”admitted the Bayonais at the end of the meeting. “The players were aware of going through”he clarified, adding: “It was well paid to lead at the break. » Still, DD wasn’t too worried. « What we certainly had more than our opponents was this strength of character and with that we can knock down mountains », he afterwards, well aware of the resilience of his troops