Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
BBC Sport World Cup 2002

 You are in: Matches Wallchart: Denmark v France  
Front Page
Statistics
Team Pages
Features
Other News
Sports Talk
TV/Radio Coverage
Photo Galleries
Venues Guide
Matches Wallchart
World Cup Greats
History
Quiz

BBC Sport

BBC News

BBC Weather

Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Stars put defeat in perspective
Fans show their despair as France crash out of the World Cup
France fans have been dismayed by their side's exit
Former French soccer captain Didier Deschamps has said criticism of the team should be restrained following their shock first-round exit from the World Cup.

"We have to be able to take a step back and try to analyse without burning everything," Deschamps told French radio.

Open Quote
Perhaps we just don't travel very well
Close Quote
Marcel Desailly

"In the past, the compliments maybe were a bit exaggerated. Now we have to be a bit more moderate," said Deschamps, the hard-tackling captain who led France to World Cup glory in 1998.

Deschamps said the defeat was due to a lack of physical freshness in the team.

"We were World and European champions through talent and technical quality but also, particularly, because we had 100% of our strength," he said.

French captain Marcel Desailly said he felt expectations of the French side had perhaps been too high.

"It's a big disappointment, a catastrophe, but at the same time we mustn't go over the top," he said.

"The machine has ground to a halt.

"All of us, journalists and supporters, were perhaps expecting too much, we wanted to feel the emotions of 1998, we thought we were already in the last 16, in the quarter-finals, in the semi-finals.

"We didn't manage to play and I think a few little things need changing."

The Chelsea defender concluded that his team were happier playing on home soil, where they won their crown in 1998.

"The friendly matches we had before the World Cup perhaps misled us a little as to the true level of competition.

"And away from home, we've had problems, in Spain, in Chile or in Australia.

"Perhaps we just don't travel very well."


E-mail this story to a friend
INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
TOP STORIES FROM
DENMARK V FRANCE
 TEAMS
 DENMARK
Full coverage:
News and
features
Lineker's verdict
Statistics pages
World Cup so far
Have Your Say
 SQUAD PROFILES
 TEAMS
 FRANCE
Full coverage:
News and
features
Lineker's verdict
Statistics pages
World Cup so far
Have Your Say
 SQUAD PROFILES
GROUP A
  P GD PTS
DENMARK 3 +3 7
SENEGAL 3 +1 5
URUGUAY 3 -1 2
FRANCE 3 -3 1




© BBC ^ Back to top

Front Page | Statistics | Team Pages | Features | Other News | Sports Talk | TV/Radio Coverage | Photo Galleries | Venues Guide | Matches Wallchart | World Cup Greats | History | Quiz

BBC Sport >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
BBC World Service >> | BBC Radio Five Live >>
© MMII | News Sources | Privacy