Deschamps explains why he subbed Olivier Giroud in 40th minute of World Cup final

  • Didier Deschamps reveals why he subbed Olivier Giroud in the 40th minute of the World Cup final.

Deschamps explains why he subbed Olivier Giroud in 40th minute of World Cup final
Deschamps explains why he subbed Olivier Giroud in 40th minute of World Cup final

boss Didier Deschamps claims he was compelled to substitute Olivier Giroud and in the 40th minute of the World Cup title game otherwise his side soon would have gone 3-0 down.

defeated in a shootout in Qatar, with Lionel Messi finally winning the trophy that has eluded him for much of his impressive career.

The PSG playmaker opened the scoring from the penalty spot before doubled ’s lead.

had opportunities to make it 3-0 before halftime, which undoubtedly would have ended the game, and the score accurately represented their supremacy.

Deschamps was incensed on the sidelines as his team put on their worst performance of the tournament with not a single shot on target in the first 45 minutes.


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Deschamps hooked Giroud and Dembele in the 40th minute to introduce Marcus Thuram and Kolo Muani rather than waiting until halftime.

Kylian Mbappe levelled the score with two goals in 90 seconds 10 minutes before the end of normal time even though it took some time to get their aggressive game going. The substitutions stopped the flow of Argentina’s attempts.

Deschamps asserts that he has regrets over his contentious selection, claiming that he had to remove Giroud and Dembele in order to keep the score low even if the two-time winners ultimately lost the game.

‘If we had been 3-0 down, we couldn’t have complained,’ said Deschamps. “We didn’t do the right things for an hour, but then with a lot of courage, energy and quality, we pushed to the limit.

‘If I made those changes so early, it’s because I was not satisfied and I felt convinced we could do better. That doesn’t mean the players who went off were more guilty than the others.’

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