In an interview with AFP, a little over a week before the announcement of the list of 26 for the Euro, the coach of the Blues Didier Deschamps says more about his management style and his relationship with his players.
Not a bogeyman, far from it, but not a best friend either. Appointed at the head of the Blues in the summer of 2012, Didier Deschamps has found the past nine years a happy medium in the relationship he maintains with his players. But he has also been able to evolve in his management of ego, as he explains in an interview with AFP published on Monday, eight days before the announcement of the list of 26 for the Euro (June 11-July 11 ).
“Proximity does not prevent respect and authority, believes the coach of the France team. They know very well that it is I who decides. The main thing for me is to have a relationship of trust. …) I do not give them advice but my opinion, I then see how they react. Perhaps a little more proximity is needed today because the affective notion is more important. The new generation is in demand . “
“We must grant as much if not more to those who play little or not”
For Deschamps, however, a trainer should not have to justify his choices in front of the troops. “Justify no, never, but explain and argue,” he continues. “You can’t justify. At one point, you have to make choices with X who is stronger than Y. But if I tell Y ‘I don’t do you not play ‘, he is convinced that he is stronger than the other. The discussion allows them not to face a fait accompli, but before arriving at important decisions I take the time to discuss, to have as much information as possible, I also involve them, that’s important. “
Important, such as having one-on-one non-match conversations with your internationals from time to time. Especially with those having a little less playing time. “I do it, even if I can not see them all, indicates the coach. These are not all formalized interviews. It can be after a meal, on the pitch before or after training, two or three minutes walking. We talk, not necessarily football. It comes both ways. My door is open at any time. Our goal, especially when we are in a big competition , it’s not to lose anyone. The first day, they are all happy, they all have the banana. After, each day that passes … We must grant as much if not more to those who play little or not . “
“We don’t always need to raise our voices”
Because that’s how, according to him, we keep a plain wardrobe. “It does not waste energy no, it is essential for balance and group life, ensures ‘DD’. The most complicated area is human management, obviously. OK, these are top players, but that does not prevent them from being human beings with their sensibilities, their weak points. They can be impacted by external problems too, whether professional or private, family. It is sometimes more important to listen than talk. “
As for the penalties after a small gap, such as the episode of the fire extinguisher during the 2018 World Cup, Deschamps seems to consider that they are not always necessary. “We don’t always need to raise our voice, he slips. It happens sometimes. (…) I also had a first life which allows me to have lived through many situations, me – even or my partners, who can help me not necessarily always make the right choice, but rule out the bad. It is inevitably a treasure in which I draw, without necessarily copying and pasting because it was another generation . “