Euro 2024: Kylian Mbappe Determined to Give Didier Deschamps the One Trophy Missing From His Cabinet

Euro 2024: Kylian Mbappe Determined to Give Didier Deschamps the One Trophy Missing From His Cabinet

Byron Pillay
June 16, 2024 at 1:09 PM
  • Kylian Mbappe is determined to give Didier Deschamps the one trophy that has eluded him as manager of the national team
  • France are favourites heading into the tournament in Germany, having finished as the runner-up at the 2022 World Cup
  • France will first have to face Austria, but also have to contend with the likes of the Netherlands and Poland in their group

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There’s one trophy that has eluded Didier Deschamps during his time as French manager, but this could be the year they change all that.

Deschamps, who has been in charge of the side since 2012, has achieved great success with Les Bleus but has not won the European Championship yet.

Kylian Mbappe will be looking to lead France to the Euro 2024 title in Germany.
Kylian Mbappe and the French national team are on a mission to give Didier Deschamps the one trophy he is missing. Image: Michael Regan.
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With France heading into the tournament as one of the favourites, star striker Kylian Mbappe said now was the time to win the tournament.

The 25-year-old added that the team were on a mission to give the manager the one trophy he was missing, The Citizen noted.

“Whatever happens, he has left an indelible mark on the French national team.
“Now if he wants to make a bit more history, we need to do something this summer because the Euros is the only thing he is missing as a coach,” Mbappe said.

France will kick off the tournament with a game against Austria on June 17, before turning their attention to the Netherlands and Poland.

How France have fared in big tournaments

The French have proven to be a powerhouse in world football in recent years but haven’t always achieved the success expected of them.

In 2016, they were losing finalists in the European Championships, which they hosted, but went on to win the FIFA World Cup two years later. They were then dumped out of Euro 2020 in the last 16, losing on penalties to Switzerland.

Les Bleus bounced back in the 2022 World Cup, losing in the final on penalty kicks to Argentina, Times LIVE reported.

The game finished 3-3 after extra time, with Mbappe scoring a hat-trick, but it was Lionel Messi’s side who claimed bragging rights.

Mbappe criticised for World Cup comment

Sports Brief reported that French captain Mbappe was criticised for comparing the European Championships to the World Cup.

The newly signed Real Madrid star suggested that the Euros was more challenging than the FIFA World Cup, from the group stages to the knockouts.

The comment didn’t go down well with Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez, as the Argentinian player criticised the Frenchman for his assertions.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.