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“we have the potential” to be in semifinals – Deschamps

Didier Deschamps was pleased with a young Les Bleus team as they advance to the semifinals, while Uruguay’s managers could not ask more from his players as the team reaches the end of their World Cup journey in Russia.

The Uruguayan manager, Oscar Tabarez, started the post-match press conference on his team’s loss to say, “we lack what any team would lack losing a game, we didn’t play as good as our rivals, so that’s why we lost.” Tabarez went to mention his players’ efforts during the match and the previous games to reach the quarterfinals as the players “gave everything.” On the match, Tabarez explained how his team came out with a massive effort in the first 20 minutes but failed to capitalise, and that his team was not able to made use of the problems of the French team as they began controlling the game. They also missed their chance early on in the second half to level the score,” and that has a huge impact on the match like the quarterfinal.

Tabarez was confident in his players’ efforts and told them “they can be very proud” and to keep their heads high, “only those that don’t do anything, don’t make mistakes.” The attitude of the players on the French team was visible on the pitch, and “youth is not only a weak point, you saw that in the second half we managed to control,” said Deschamps, who also added he had six players who were already booked coming into the game, but managed to end it with all of them ready for the semifinals.

Deschamps was convinced with the result. “I think we deserved the result, we played against a beautiful Uruguayan side, but we were better than they were today,” and that the teams will keep on getting tougher as his team advances on in the tournament.

Deschamps also added that his young team has progressively been getting better after every game, but today was not perfect either, and they were able to score two goals against a Uruguayan side that does not conceive many especially from set pieces.

“I like to reach my goals like everybody else, but I don’t look at this from a personal perspective. My pride is related to the entire group, and here I want to mention my technical staff,” who have been by his side the whole time as a manager for the French team, he added.

When asked if he believed France would be the World Cup champions, Deschamps answered only with what is certain, “For now we have the potential to be in the semifinals.” Les Bleus advances to the semifinals of the World Cup for the sixth time, and for the first time since 2006. They will go against the winner from tonight match between Brazil and Belgium, in the next stage of the World Cup in Saint Petersburg on July 10.

Source: Kuwait News Agency