Didier Deschamps: France Release Footage of Coach’s Half Time Talk in 14–0 Win Over Gibraltar

Didier Deschamps: France Release Footage of Coach’s Half Time Talk in 14–0 Win Over Gibraltar

Elijah Odetokun
November 20, 2023 at 7:52 AM
  • France recorded their biggest-ever win over Gibraltar in the Euro 2024 qualifier
  • The 14-0 win was also the biggest in the European Championship qualifiers
  • At 7-0 at half-time, Didier Deschamps delivered a strong dressing-room talk

Didier Deschamps was vocal to his France players in the dressing room at half-time despite being 7-0 up against European minions Gibraltar in the Euro 2024 qualifier.

France were in ruthless mode and tore apart Gibraltar 14-0 in the penultimate game of their qualifying campaign, scoring seven goals in each half.

Kylian Mbappe, Youssof Fofana, Jonathan Clauss, France.
France players celebrate Jonathan Clauss' goal in the 14-0 win over Gibraltar. Photo by Jean Catuffe.
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Per BBC Sports, it was the biggest win in the two-time world champions football history and the biggest win in the European qualifying series. Kylian Mbappe netted a hat-trick for the 300th goal of his career

Deschamps’ half-time talk

Despite being 7-0 up after 45 minutes, Deschamps delivered a half-time talk to his players to charge them up for the second half. He applauded their performance and reminded them of the record.

The French Team on social media released the footage, which got some fans irked that he lacked sportsmanship.

“Full mark, boys, for that first half. Let’s have more of the same in the second. Keep things as simple as possible, and whenever we can, we score. It's 7-0, but there are no limits. I want the same determination from everybody,” he said.
“The record is 10-0, out of interest, you could smash it. Don’t hold back, boys.”

The 2018 world champions have sealed qualification for next year’s tournament in Germany but could dent Greece’s hopes when the two sides meet in their final group game.

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Mbappe takes inspiration from Messi

Sports Brief reported on Mbappe taking inspiration from Lionel Messi after reaching a milestone of 300 career goals with his hat-trick in the demolition of Gibraltar.

The 24-year-old, while speaking on his development as a player, admitted he must keep learning and changing his game, just like Messi did during his two years at Paris Saint-Germain, which was different from his days at Barcelona.

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