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Didier Deschamps: The Right Man

Didier deschamps
Written by Marc Pagnier Published Jun 26, 2014 Marc Pagnier

Rédacteur en Chef des titres en anglais, français et chinois.

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In France next match against Ecuador, Didier Deschamps will show no lax strategies.

France coach Didier Deschamps should be relaxed after the victories of France against Honduras and Switzerland but he confirmed to remain determined when facing Ecuador. “There will be no impasse. We are having an opponent (Ecuador) that is going to do their very best to get in and we should maintain that dynamics.”

As a former player of Olympique de Marseille, Deschamps has known how to put France right since his first day as the team’s coach on 8 July 2012. His first objective of making France qualified for the World Cup had been achieved, after some hard combats against Ukraine (0-2;3-0) in the qualifying round. His contract has thus been extended to Euro 2016. Next, France beat Norway 4-0 at the Stade de France in May 2014; and were held to 1-1 draw by Paraguay. The new team indeed wanted to be efficient, combative and united. On 8 June 2014, France played their last warm-up match against Jamaica in which France scored 8 goals (8-0) at the Stade Pierre Mauroy de Lille in Villeneuve d’Ascq.

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Didier Deschamps at a press conference.

On 15 June 2014, led by Deschamps, France won for the first time since the 1998 World Cup their first opening match, which was against Honduras (3-0). On 20 June 2014, France beat Switzerland (5-2) and before that, France has not scored five goals in a single World Cup match since 1958. “The Blues” carry on their victories in Brazil. Mathieu Debuchy and Matthieu Valbuena have both credited Deschamps for the success. “He managed to mobilise and involve everyone. He tried to bring out the best in every player. He inculates us with a must-win mentality not long ago,” Matthieu Valbuena said. In a total of twenty-four matches, Didier Deschamps made France win thirteen times.


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