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Deschamps Urged to Move Out of Zidane's Shadow and Step Away from France Job

The criticism directed at Didier Deschamps after France's painful Euro 2024 semi-final loss to Spain has been blunt, with calls for him to relinquish his hold on the national team job.
Anna Ciao
By: Anna Ciao

Following France's 2-1 defeat to Spain in the Euro 2024 semi-final, Didier Deschamps is facing mounting pressure to step down from his role as the national team manager. Despite Randal Kolo Muani giving Les Bleus an early lead, La Roja staged a comeback with goals from Lamine Yamal and Dani Olmo.

Deschamps, who is contracted until 2026, displayed a mix of frustration and defiance when questioned about his future after the match. He insisted that he had met the objectives set by French Football Federation (FFF) president Philippe Diallo.

"You are formidable... Ask my president," Deschamps told reporters. "There I have just lost a semi-final... I respect you, also respect the people who have responsibilities. You know the situation very well and what my president thinks."

The defeat to Spain has intensified calls for a new direction for Les Bleus. French journalist Daniel Riolo, speaking on RMC Sport's After Foot show, didn't hold back in urging Didier Deschamps to step down after 12 years in charge.

"He’s hanging on, he’s staying. Maybe right now, asking him if he’s leaving could upset him, but the question will come up tomorrow, or whenever he wants," Riolo stated. "But the guy has been there for 12 years and he really doesn’t want to hear the question... stop. That’s enough. Go away. Go play padel in peace in Monaco, in the sun. Move on."

Riolo also suggested that the persistent calls for Zinedine Zidane to take over as the national team coach are making Deschamps uncomfortable.

“He really doesn’t want Zidane to take the French team because he knows that everyone wants that," he said.

"He is against that idea. It hurts him so much that Zidane is expected to be a saviour, while he who won a World Cup and who has just played a semi-final at the Euro, we want him to leave. Psychologically, this man is affected. Affected by the fact that since the beginning of his career, he hasn't been the beautiful guy in the story. He is the ugly guy in the story. And he takes it very badly. It's been a scar since he was 20 when Michel Platini said of him that he was a water carrier when he started in the French team.

"He is having a hard time with the fact that he does not have the recognition that matches his record. It is a scar. He wants to be loved and he sees that people do not love him completely. He will always be in the shadow of Zidane and Platini, and he is having a hard time with that."

Zinedine Zidane, the former Real Madrid manager, is currently without a coaching position and has reportedly declined numerous opportunities as he awaits a chance to lead the French national team. While Didier Deschamps has undeniably left his mark, the increasing calls for change indicate that a new era could be looming for Les Bleus, possibly under Zidane's stewardship. However, with Deschamps under contract until 2026 and showing reluctance to step down despite France's Euro 2024 semi-final loss, the future of the coaching role remains uncertain and will depend on how events unfold.

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Anna Ciao
Written by: Anna Ciao
Anna Ciao is a sports content contributor at Betimate. Born and raised in a rural village in China, I have had a passion for football and various sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, from a young age. Along with diligent studies, I achieved an IELTS score of 8.0 in the English language, and I have become a content contributor specializing in sports, particularly football, as I am today. I hope that my articles are helpful to readers.

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