Didier Deschamps has savagely roasted Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese boss’ comments about France’s Euro 2020 bid.
The new Roma boss was asked to preview this month’s Euro 2020 tournament with a team-by-team analysis.
France are the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the trophy on July 11 with a squad packed full of star quality. In fact Deschamps could probably name two 26-man squads such is the depth of talent in France at the moment.
They are in however a group with Germany and Portugal, while Hungary make up the numbers in Group F.
But with world champion status and runners-up in the last Euros, they look like the team to beat.
“When you have Kylian Mbappe on your side it is very difficult not to win.
“I think less than reaching the final, for them is nothing. I don’t believe Deschamps reads or listens to the outside… I think he just knows what he wants,” Mourinho wrote in his Euro 2020 column for The Sun.
“The principles you want the team to have. Every player has to respect him because if not, he’s not there.
“When you have this discipline and when every player follows what the coach wants, the team becomes really, really strong.
“I cannot see any weakness. If I had to say one team to win it, I will say them – because the group of players is fantastic.
Deschamps points to offensive potential
“They have to win it. If not, it is an unsuccessful Euros.”
Deschamps, 52, who won the Euros and World Cup as a player, though dismissed Mourinho’s chat.
“I thought the same thing about his Tottenham team, but it did not end up happening like that,” he told French television channel TF1, cited by the Daily Star.
“Automatically, with the status of world champions, we are favourites, with three more years of experience. I have a very important offensive potential.
“But it’s not just that. You talk about balance but I don’t disconnect them from our midfield too. We will do everything to have the ball as much as possible but there will be times when we will not have the ball.”