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Didier Deschamps on returning to Turin for Nations League semi-final: “It’s my second home.”

In his press conference to unveil his squad for the upcoming international break, France manager Didier Deschamps discussed his ambitions ahead of the Nations League Final Four tournament, with Les Bleus set to play against Belgium in the semi-final next week.

His words transcribed in L’Équipe, the former Juventus manager also spoke about returning to Turin for the semi-final, considering the city his “second home” and admitting he had regrets about leaving after just one season in charge.

“This won’t erase what happened [at the Euros]. The Euros are behind us, if you want to keep living with that… There is a title at stake, we have a semi-final to play against one of the best teams in the world – Belgium. Along with Spain and Italy, there are four of us competing for the title. There is a place in the final at stake. We did everything we could to qualify from a tough group for this final stage. As competitors, we will go for the title. There were two titles beforehand – the World Cup and the Euros. Now you have the Nations League as well. It’s our objective.”

“I’m really happy [to be going back to Turin], I’m going to see a lot of people who I worked with at the club, it’s my second home. After five years as a player there, I cut short my spell as a manager. When I made that decision, it seemed to me like the best choice. Looking back, it’s not the best I’ve taken [smiles]. […] I had less hindsight, I was more impulsive.”

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