Former France manager Raymond Domenech was “bored” during 2018 World Cup

Former France manager Raymond Domenech has said that he was ambivalent about the 2018 World Cup, during which Les Bleus’ ultimately triumphed in Russia. 

Speaking in an interview with Puremédias, Domenech said that the 2018 World Cup lacked memorable matches. Domenech managed France from 2004 to 2010. Whilst he reached the final with the national side in Germany in 2006 before losing in the final to Italy, his second World Cup was much less successful. 

His France side only qualified for the competition through a controversial play-off game against the Republic of Ireland before a revolt within the squad saw France finish bottom of their group in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. 

During the 2018 World Cup, Domenech worked as a commentator but said that he was “bored” throughout the tournament, and bemoaned the lack of memorable matches. “I’m going to be the bad guy. I’m going to tell you I was bored during the 2018 edition. I’m trying to pick out a match. Can anyone spontaneously tell me a match from 2018 that they remember? A match where there was everything? There was none,” said Domenech in an interview transcribed by RMC Sport

He continued, “Apart from us winning, I don’t have any exciting memories, and I was on commentary. I have nothing, I have wiped everything out. I felt no emotion – Interplanetary emptiness.”

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