Didier Deschamps is confident that Kylian Mbappe will bounce back from missing the decisive penalty in France’s defeat to Switzerland on Monday evening that saw the world champions exit Euro 2020 at the last-16 stage.
The French threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 in regulation time and after a goalless extra time, they got knocked out when Mbappe’s spot-kick was saved by Swiss keeper Yann Sommer.
Deschamps said Mbappe and the rest of the team would learn from their tournament failure.
“It will help everyone I think. Kylian, even if he didn’t score a goal (at the Euros), he was decisive in many actions that we had, and he took responsibility to take this penalty,” he said.
“No-one is really angry with him. I talked to our players, we know the strength of this team, we’ve had many magnificent moments together – it really hurts, there’s lots of sadness.”
“The whole group is united in the dressing room. No-one talks about ‘you made this mistake’ or ‘you made that mistake’, Kylian knows his responsibility,” added Deschamps.
France were 3-1 up and cruising with 15 minutes to go, but the Swiss scored twice to force extra time before eventually going through to face Spain in the quarterfinals in St Petersburg on Friday.
“We were up against a strong Swiss team, they gave us some problems in the first half, and of course France is used to having compact opponents,” explained Deschamps.
“We scored our second goal in the second half which changed everything and, if you want, 10 minutes before the end we could have managed our two-goal advantage better.
“In extra time there were some final chances that we had, and penalties are always like that. It hurts, but you have to accept it – that’s football,” he said.
“Mostly we’re on the good end, but today we’re not and everyone is really sad. Everyone is really disappointed.”
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By FARPost Reporter