In an exclusive interview with The Indian Paper and RMC Sport from Clairefontaine, on the eve of the start of the Euro, Emmanuel Macron told what he said to Didier Deschamps and his players. With a clear goal: to bring the cup home.
On the eve of the opening of the Euro (June 11-July 11), he sent “four simple messages” to the Blues. In an exclusive interview given this Thursday to The Indian Paper (and also to be found at 6 p.m. in the program “Top of the Foot” on RMC), Emmanuel Macron told what he said to Didier Deschamps and his players on the occasion of his visit to Clairefontaine (Yvelines), where he had lunch with the French group.
“I told them: ‘You have nothing to prove, you are very great players, but don’t give up until the last minute.” The team that wins the competition is the one that wants it the most, a He detailed. I believe in it very deeply. In 2018, it was the French team that wanted the most, it must be the same there. In second, I told them that the group is more strong that each one. I believe that it is really the spirit of the coach Didier Deschamps. We have the most beautiful individualities of this Euro on paper, there is no doubt. But it is together that they are a lot stronger, by the ability to sacrifice themselves for one or the other, for the game and the collective. Third, it is enthusiasm. They will find the public for many. We are the day after the recovery amateur sport. The more than two million French women and men who love football can retrain since yesterday (Wednesday), it’s extraordinary. “
“They can do it”
“This is a new phase, they will be able to re-enthuse football fans. I told them to gain enthusiasm,” added the President of the Republic. The fourth and last message sent to the world champions was meant to be more direct. As obvious. “It was to bring it back (the cup). Of course, we have to win it! We weren’t far the last time (in 2016). I think we have the capabilities. We have to remain humble, we have a historically tough hen, but they can do it, that’s the assigned objective, “added the head of state, with a broad smile. By going to Clairefontaine this Thursday, Emmanuel Macron continued a tradition launched by Jacques Chirac in 1998 and which he has respected since the start of the five-year term.
The Euro will start for the Blues on Tuesday June 15 against Germany. They will then face Hungary on Saturday 19 June, then complete the group stage with a much-anticipated clash against Portugal on Wednesday 23 June.