Didier Deschamps: Les Bleus ‘didn’t turn up’


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Manager Didier Deschamps conceded France ‘took a good slap’ as they went down 2-0 to Turkey in their Euro 2020 qualifying clash on Saturday.

The Turks have a perfect record with three wins from three in Group H, while world champions France must gather themselves for a game against minnows Andorra on Tuesday.

First-half goals from Kaan Ayhan and the impressive Cengiz Under were enough to earn Turkey a first ever win over France.

Les Bleus did not even manage a shot on target over the duration of 90 minutes, leaving Deschamps with no place to hide in his assessment of the performance.

“When the team performs like that, there is nothing positive to take away from it,” he told TF1.

“We did not turn up and even if we are world champions, if we play like that we have no hope. “We took a good slap tonight. We have to analyse it, we have another match to come in three days.”

Deschamps said there was ‘nothing more to add’ as he vowed France would get ‘back to basics’ when they face Andorra. While their visitors had more possession, it was Turkey that gained the bulk of the scoring chances and manager Senol Gunes was understandably full of praise for his team afterwards.

“This team is here to give both hope and happiness,” he said. “The players and fans were awesome. We played with discipline and with one heart.”

Turkey travel to face an Iceland side who are level with France on six points from three games on Tuesday. The Turks are 2.50 to win that game, with Iceland 2.88 and the draw 3.20.

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