BUCHAREST, Romania: France coach Didier Deschamps has refused to talk about his future after the selected team was eliminated from Euro 2020 here, just now.
Deschamps’ men are out of the tournament this time after losing 4-5 on penalties at the hands of Switzerland in the best round of 16 action.
France trailed in action at the National Arena, but Karim Benzema blasted twice before Paul Pogba added a third that gave France their best pass to the quarter -finals.
Switzerland bounced back as Haris Seferovic blasted home the second goal of the match before Mario Gavranovic equalized 3-3 and forced the match into extra time while Kylian Mbappe failed to complete a penalty.
After failing to hit the target, Deschamps is now under pressure but he insists it is not the time for him to decide on his future with the team.
“This is not a question,” said Deschamps who led France in four major tournaments – including the Euro 2016 final and winning the World Cup in 2018 – and won two titles while being a player.
“We have to be united, I am responsible. When bad things happen, I am with them and they are with me. We need time to get through this situation.
“We’ve done what we have to do to take a 3-1 lead and after that we showed weakness, it’s something that’s not normal for us.
“Losing through a penalty shootout is a cruel thing to the team.”
Following Mbappe’s failure to complete the penalty, Deschamps said: “Mbappe is very disappointed including all the players.
“Still, no one can feel his frustration when he takes on the responsibility of taking the fifth penalty kick,” he said.