Jul 13, 2016

    Deschamps to plot course for success in Russia


    DIDIER Deschamps will remain as coach of France and lead them into the looming 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign despite their stunning upset by Portugal in the European Championship final.

    France turned to him when the pressure was on and he narrowly missed a triumph that would have made him one of French football's true greats.

    But the 47-year-old, who won the World Cup and European Championship as captain of France, has no intention of quitting.

    His contract runs through the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    "It is lined up like that.

    "I am not going to think about myself," he said.

    "I will need time to digest everything. The players are going to start again at their clubs.

    "I am going to analyse things with my staff and we will start again on what is waiting for us in two years."

    Deschamps said "disappointment dominates" among the players after the Sunday defeat.

    But he noted that the new generation, led by the tournament's top goalscorer Antoine Griezmann - would improve.

    "Compared with two years ago, when we were in the World Cup, there we were in a final (on Sunday).

    "The young ones will get better and I am very proud by what has been achieved by this group.

    "We went to the end.

    "We did not get the reward but I have an extraordinary squad available."

    Deschamps is one of the rare footballers with the tactical and psychological mastery to play and manage to such success in a major tournament.