European Football Championship: Mbappé’s frustrated French defiant – “We’ll be back”

European Football Championship: Mbappé’s frustrated French defiant – “We’ll be back”
European Football Championship: Mbappé’s frustrated French defiant – “We’ll be back”

France struggles through the European Championship with bureaucratic football – and fails against Spain. Can the national coach get the Équipe Tricolore back on track for the title? Superstar Mbappé only switches off for a short time.

Kylian Mbappé’s French team had to endure a lot of criticism during this disappointing European Championship. And then, after the semi-final defeat against Spain’s footballing artists, national coach Didier Deschamps was asked what he thought was a cheeky question about his path to the 2026 World Cup with the Equipé Tricoloré. “That really isn’t possible right now, we’ve just lost the semi-final,” replied the coach, who is under contract until the finals in the USA, Mexico and Canada, sourly. Mon Dieu – Unheard of.

Mbappé: “This is a disappointment”

However, for some French people, the way the 2018 world champions and 2022 World Cup runners-up performed at this European Championship was inappropriate. It was largely boring and bureaucratic. Instead of fun football, the spectators were treated to bureaucratic football. “I had the ambition to become European champions. I had the ambition to play a good European Championship. I achieved neither one nor the other,” admitted captain Mbappé after his French team’s last European Championship appearance in Munich. “That is a disappointment.”

The superstar even took off his mask for the showdown with the Germany conqueror, who deservedly made it to the final after goals from Lamine Yamal and Dani Olmo – just three weeks after breaking his nose in the opening match against Austria.

“I was fed up with it. I couldn’t see well with it. I spoke to the doctor and he told me to make the decision like a man. I don’t regret it,” said the future Real Madrid star striker, whose teammate Randal Kolo Muani had even put France ahead early on.

Even Mbappé cannot conceal shortcomings

Mbappé also seemed liberated. “He felt more comfortable without a mask,” said Deschamps, who won the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship. So Mbappé dropped his mask. But what emerged was a gifted striker who could not conceal his team’s shortcomings in attacking play. “I think I have to score a goal,” said Mbappé self-critically about his chance shortly before the final whistle. “At least the shot has to go on goal, but it goes over. That’s the harsh reality of football.”

For Deschamps, reality means that he will remain national coach. “He has indeed signed a contract and has fulfilled the sporting objective that was given to him,” assured association head Philippe Diallo in “L’Équipe” after the European Championship exit. Deschamps led the team “through this European Championship in the best possible way. I see no reason to question his contract.” He will “continue his mission.”

Deschamps’ future reality also means that he must give his defensively very solid team more savoir-vivre, more desire, more passion in attack. Les Bleus are blessed with talent and youth. Of the current squad, only N’Golo Kanté and Antoine Griezmann (both 33) and Olivier Giroud (37) are significantly over 30. And Giroud, who is the record goalscorer with 57 goals, is retiring for France anyway.

Griezmann also adapts to the bench

Deschamps felt that his team lacked efficiency. A free spirit like Griezmann, on the other hand, would have hoped for more of a concept from his national coach. “I tried to give everything, even in different positions. I had to adapt,” explained the Atlético Madrid attacker, who, after all sorts of changes, ended up on the bench for the first 62 minutes against Spain. “That’s the life of a football player,” he said. “Others didn’t play a single minute. I’m not going to complain.”

Despite the poor finals, Griezmann was determined for the future. “We’ll be back,” he assured. Of course, that also applies to Mbappé, who is starting a new chapter as a footballer at Real Madrid and is due to be introduced to the Royals next Tuesday with a pompous show. First, however, he needs a vacation. “I’m going to have a good rest,” said Mbappé. “I think I need that to be fresh for the start and to complete a good preparation.”

Source: Stern

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