Didier Deschamps speaks of “emotion” after France semi-final win over Morocco

Speaking to TF1 in the wake of France’s 2-0 win over Morocco, manager Didier Deschamps spoke of the “emotion” of taking Les Bleus into yet another World Cup final.

His words transcribed in L’Équipe, the coach recognised that Les Bleus did not have it easy against Walid Regragui’s men, who kept the pressure on throughout the second half in search of an equaliser after Théo Hernandez’s early opener. The defending champions, though, were able to soak that up and eventually doubled their lead through Randal Kolo Muani, after some impressive work from Kylian Mbappé in a tight situation in the penalty box.

Les Bleus now find themselves on the verge of a historic title defence, with Argentina now standing in their way as they head for a fourth final in seven World Cup editions, two more than any other team in that time. Deschamps will have been a part of three of those, as a player and then as a manager:

“There’s emotion, there’s pride. Once again, it was an important step. There’s still another one to go. We’ve been with the players for a month, it’s never easy, but it’s been a pleasure up to now.”

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin

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