France coach Didier Deschamps has disclosed that no one is angry with Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe but it hurts to be knocked out of the ongoing Euro 2020 competition.
It can be recalled that the young forward missed his penalty kick and this consigned the French team to elimination from the round of 16 stages of the competition at the hands of Switzerland.
This is so, especially in a game where the French team were favorites but eventually squandered a two-goal lead in the latter stages of the game. The Swiss team ran out 5:4 winners from the shootout in Bucharest on Monday night.
Deschamps spoke after the game and admitted that none of the squad were displeased with the striker; “No one is angry with him,” he said.
He recalled his pre-tournament comments about focusing too hard on specific matches, and that he didn’t see any benefits in analyzing the defeat thoroughly immediately after the game.
“I talked to our players, we know the strength of this squad and team, we had many magnificent moments together,” he explained.
“Today really hurts and lots of sadness, there were many good things we did in this match but not everything. If we think about this match too much it won’t help us.
“THIS EURO WAS REALLY DIFFICULT, THAT IS NOT AN EXCUSE. NOW THE LAST EUROPEAN CHAMPION AND WORLD CHAMPION WILL HAVE TO GO HOME. IT HURTS, BUT WE HAVE TO ACCEPT IT.”
Switzerland will now face Spain in the quarter-finals. Luis Enrique’s men also escaped being dumped out of the competition too as they lost a 2 goal lead with 5 minutes left to play. Croatia came from 3:1 down to equalize and take the game to extra time.
However, Spain’s depth spoke volumes on the day as they scored two more goals in extra time to eventually win 5:3.