Didier Deschamps: “If I’m still here, it’s because of the quality of the players”

“Having a contract until 2026 is a very important sign of confidence,” according to Didier Deschamps, who was extended at the head of the French team this Saturday, January 7, by the president of the French football club Noel le Graet.

What are your first feelings after this extension?

This is a great pleasure for me. You know my opinion about the French team. I consider that above all else and the best thing that has ever happened to me, whether in my first life as a player or in my second life as a coach. Except for the last and this cruel result, what we experienced there (Mondial-2022, editor’s note) is only happiness. But since the desire and determination reached the maximum and my desire was shared by my president, it leads to this decision, which makes me very happy.

Did you hesitate?

Nope. I didn’t have to hesitate. As I do after every big race, I needed some time and perspective to analyze and reflect. If I had any hesitation, I wouldn’t be here today.

It is a privilege to have so many players to wear the jersey of the French national team

Was it important for you to sign the four-year extension?

Being able to sign a contract until 2026 is a very important sign of confidence. But everything is done in stages, there is a demand for results, the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers are always important. I’m not planning the next world championship, there will be other meetings before, but even if I haven’t missed before, it’s a sign of confidence above all.

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Did the exceptional potential of the French players influence your desire to continue?

If I am still here today with the course that the French team has achieved in ten years, it is because of the quality of the players. There is a tank. I am well aware of the potential of the pool and top players. But there are other options that have these. All countries are doing well and the top level is very difficult and unforgiving. But despite the challenges and adversity before and during the (World Cup, editor’s note), the group of players in Doha had plenty of quality and talent, with leaders and youngsters playing their part well. This resulted in a very competitive squad that displayed incredible strength and unity on the pitch. It is a privilege to have so many players to wear the jersey of the French national team.

We must never rest on our laurels and always have the same demands to reach our goal of qualifying for the Euros.

Aren’t you afraid of getting old?

This is a question some have asked themselves before. A very high level has very high requirements, and in my opinion, this is not to continue. If I continue, it is because I am sure there are great things to be done, and I have all the energy to do them. But not for copying and pasting. Situations are never the same, and neither are the players. My staff and I talk to them a lot. It is important to have a relationship of trust that allows you to deal with them, sometimes with private matters. Continuity is critical in an environment of trust.

Should we expect a player level update?

It is difficult to answer you. I would discuss with the players. After that, there is always competition. The truth of the World Cup will not be in March, nor do I know which players will be available in March. The situation has not been corrected. We have a peripheral view with employees. The players had little time to catch their breath and we started watching them. It’s a solid March with qualifying that’s never a long, quiet river. We must never rest on our laurels and always have the same demand to reach our goal of qualifying for the Euros.

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