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'We utterly failed!' - Deschamps questions France's World Cup final 'attitude' in scathing half-time interview

19:31 EAT 18/12/2022
Didier Deschamps France World Cup final 2022
France coach Didier Deschamps gave a scathing assessment of his side's first half performance in the World Cup final.
  • France 2-0 down by half-time
  • Did not have a shot in first half
  • Coach apoplectic about display

WHAT HAPPENED? France were 2-0 down to Argentina by half-time, with Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria scoring to put the South American nation in the driving seat. Les Bleus, meanwhile, failed to register a single attempt on goal in the entire first half.

WHAT THEY SAID: Speaking at half-time to TF1, Deschamps gave a brutally honest review of his team's display, saying: "We utterly failed to show up in the 1st half. We expected (their intensity), we neither had the correct attitude nor the correct response. It will take a lot to worry them & come back. They are really playing a World Cup final."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Deschamps tried to give his side a chance of getting back into the tie by making a double substitution in the first half, taking off Ousmane Dembele and Olivier Giroud. France have a mountain to climb, however,

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WHAT NEXT FOR FRANCE? Les Bleus must try to bounce back from their woeful start in the second half of the final.