‘Completely failed to show up’ – Deschamps in a scathing half-time interview as France are torn apart by Messi and Argentina

DIDIER DESCHAMPS released a scathing assessment of his French side after watching his players being torn apart in the first half of the World Cup final.

The French coach probably couldn’t believe his eyes as he watched the outstanding Argentina dissect the world champions in the first 45.

France broke completely apart in the first half

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France broke completely apart in the first halfPhoto credit: Reuters

A penalty converted by Lionel Messi and a wonderful team goal completed by Angel Di Maria opened a two-goal lead over France.

A desperate Deschamps even made a double substitution in the first half to regain some control.

The French manager slammed his team after seeing them unmasked in front of millions of TV viewers.

In a halftime interview with TF1Deschamps said: “We completely failed to perform in the first half.

“We expected [their intensity]we didn’t have the right attitude or the right answer.

“It’s going to take a lot to worry them and come back. They’re really playing a World Cup final.”

France had shown weaknesses early in the tournament.

A rotated side lost to Tunisia in the group stage, while England and Morocco bothered Les Bleus in the knockout stages.

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But few could see her collapse coming in the first half.

They were swarmed by Argentina in the early stages and conceded a penalty when Ousmane clumsily caught Dembele Di Maria.

Messi converted from the penalty spot before helping Argentina get through the aisles for a second goal.

Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister delivered the final pass for Di Maria to give Argentina a 2-0 lead.

Despite Argentina’s dominance, France launched an exceptional comeback in the second half.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6943271/france-argentina-world-cup-final-deschamps/ ‘Completely failed to show up’ – Deschamps in a scathing half-time interview as France are torn apart by Messi and Argentina

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