Didier Deschamps said he will wait before deciding whether to continue as head coach of France after the defeat in the World Cup final, but future prospects remain bright for a team brimming with young talent. and led by Kylian Mbappe. Deschamps had hoped to lead the 2018 world champions to consecutive titles in Qatar, and they narrowly lost to Argentina in the final on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw after extra time. The penalty shootout defeat made Deschamps – who led Les Bleus to glory in 1998 – becoming the first coach to win the World Cup twice since Vittorio Pozzo in the 1930s.
The 54-year-old coach, who has been in charge since 2012, is out of contract, but French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet said Deschamps would be offered new terms if he reached the semi-finals.
Asked if the outcome of the final would affect his decision on his future, Deschamps said: “Even with a different result, I wouldn’t give an answer today.”
“Obviously I’m very upset. I’m going to have a meeting with the president at the beginning of the new year and you’ll know then,” he added.
After things had calmed down in a grueling campaign, France had to turn their attention to Euro 2024 qualifying, which started in March against the Netherlands.
France will be expected to qualify without too much trouble for the tournament in Germany, with just 18 months to go.
Their recent track record is remarkable, with Deschamps leading them to the Euro 2016 final and then glory in Russia four years ago. They also won the Nations League last year.
France’s campaign in Qatar seemed cursed before it began with injuries that kept them out of competition. Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante when Karim Benzema also withdrew shortly before the tournament started.
‘A huge source of talent’
It was a breakout campaign by some young stars, however, with Aurelien Tchouameni, Theo Hernandez, Jules Kounde and Ibrahima Konate all aged 25 or under.
Randal Kolo Muani had only made two appearances for the national team before being substituted for the injured Christopher Nkunku at the last minute.
The Eintracht Frankfurt forward, who hails from the same Paris suburbs as Mbappe and is just over two weeks old, has finally made a big impact.
He scored against Morocco in the semi-final and in the final was only denied an unbelievable late goal in extra time by a brilliant save from the Argentina keeper. Emiliano Martinez.
“Some young players have shown they are good enough at this level. There are others who are not here but will join in the future,” said Deschamps, who must have thought of Nkunku, 25, as the best player. in the Bundesliga last season with RB Leipzig.
“We always need experienced players to lead the younger ones but we have a huge talent pool.”
Several famous French veterans will now weigh their futures following record-breaking campaigns at the World Cup.
However, both will be 36 at the end of this month.
But one player who will lead Les Bleus for years to come is the incredible Mbappe.
He just turned 24 on Tuesday but has already won a World Cup and became the first player in 60 years to score in consecutive finals.
Given his age, his peak may still come as France heads towards the European Championship and beyond, the 2026 World Cup.
Lloris said: This World Cup is “a transfer of power between a generation approaching the end of their career to a new generation led by Mbappe”.
And Raphael Varaneone of five French players starting on Sunday who also played in the 2018 final, said defeat in Doha would make the new generation stronger.
“It’s a very young group. We’ve also built on our success after the setbacks and so this group of players will bounce back. There’s huge potential,” he said.
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