It's Not a Shipwreck: Deschamps on France's Failed Nations League Campaign

It's Not a Shipwreck: Deschamps on France's Failed Nations League Campaign
Kylian Mbappe of France, right, challenges Mathias Jorgensen of Denmark in their Group C match during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia, 26 June 2018 — Photo by ChinaImages

France boss Didier Deschamps insists his side’s underwhelming UEFA Nations League campaign was not a “shipwreck” after ending with a 2-0 loss to Denmark on Sunday.

The reigning World Cup winners finished the six group games with one win and down in third spot, with Croatia topping Group A1 ahead of the Danes.

France will head into the 2022 World Cup as one of the tournament favourites, given they won in 2018 and boast players like Kylian Mbappe but recent results haven’t been nearly as strong, losing in the last 16 to Switzerland at last year’s Euro 2020.

“I don’t think it’s a shipwreck, we also had a lot of chances but we were ineffective, we made some errors when playing out from the back,” Deschamps told reporters.

“It’s a young French side, where for the majority of the players don’t have experience at the very highest level.

“It’s not a question of formations, but when you have four corners and a Danish player is left alone each time, you can play with three, five or 12 at the back, it doesn’t change a thing.”

Croatia won 3-1 away to relegated Austria to seal top spot and a place in the final four of the Nations League, alongside the Netherlands who beat Belgium 1-0 in Amsterdam to top Group A4.

Despite the win, Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal wasn’t thrilled, stating: “We certainly didn’t play our best game.

“This is a disciplined victory and that’s nice. Although we were second best for 90 minutes, we still continued playing our game and were disciplined.”

Wales were relegated after a 1-0 home loss to Poland with Robert Lewandowski setting up the winner for Karol Swiderski.

Ben somerford
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