He had already marked the history of French football, but he was one penalty shootout from marking the history of world football. After a match with a heartbreaking scenario, the French team failed in the conquest of a second consecutive title of World Champion, after a defeat on penalties against Argentina (3-3, 4-2 t-à -b). A feat to reach this stage for Didier Deschamps, while the tricolors were jostled by an avalanche of injuries before the start of the 2022 World Cup, in Qatar.
“The disappointment is obviously huge. We had a before and a during that weren’t the easiest, but that’s no excuse. It was still pure happiness through the matches, both sportingly and humanly, at the very highest level. On that side, there is only positive, but when there is no Grail at the end, it hurts. But it is the very high level, we will have to digest.had dropped on TF1 the coach of the Blues after the defeat against the Albiceleste.
Didier Deschamps enigmatic about his future
But the future of Didier Deschamps is still uncertain at the head of the France team. The contract of the boss of the Blues, in place since 2012, expires at the end of December. The president of the French Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët, has always assured that Deschamps would have control of his future in the event of qualification in the last four of the World Cup. What was done after the victory against England (2-1).
Slightly questioned on the subject after the failure in the final, the coach of the Blues was still enigmatic in his answer, Sunday evening. “The important thing is the France team, it is above everything. I’ll see my president at the start of the year as planned and we’ll see, but tonight I don’t want to talk about that. Even if it had gone well, I wouldn’t have given the answer either.”he added to the microphone of the broadcaster.
Zinedine Zidane’s shadow is still there
And the preparation for the final had already been disrupted by the future of Didier Deschamps. Absent from the French delegation in Qatar, Zinedine Zidane, number one to take over from the ex-captain of the Blues, had caused a lot of ink to flow. Many saw a link with the future of Deschamps, but on his Instagram account, “Zizou” quickly defused any controversy. “Playing in a World Cup final is a childhood dream,” he said on his Instagram account. Let’s get that third star! Go Blues ».
For the moment, Didier Deschamps wants to allow himself some time for reflection. His agent and friend, Jean-Pierre Bernès, clarified his situation on Monday morning. “It’s a very personal decision. Didier is going to return to France, take a few days off, to reflect. It is a decision which concerns a professional future, a future in short. It is a decision that must be taken calmly. Of course, everyone is waiting for his decision, but I think he will take it in due time. He is the master of his decision.he assured RMC Story.
Didier Deschamps until 2026?
The next speeches of the current coach of the Blues will therefore be very scrutinized. But in any case, Didier Deschamps can count on strong support: the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron. “Of course I asked Didier Deschamps to continue, I want him to continue. I told him that he had to digest”assured the Head of State, always on RMC. The next meeting of the Blues, on March 24 against the Netherlands, in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, could therefore perhaps be done with a new coach.
But the trend looks different all the same. According to the latest information from The Team, Didier Deschamps should indeed extend at the head of the Blues. Beyond Euro 2024, the Blues coach is being pushed to the 2026 World Cup in North America to guide his new generation led by Kylian Mbappé. Didier Deschamps is in any case in a strong position.