The France team has developed very good habits since Didier Deschamps took office.
We will still have to wait before seeing the Blues again win their third match in a group stage in a major tournament. Forced into a draw by Portugal (2-2), the France team has not won such a meeting since… 2006 and its victory against Togo.
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This time, if Didier Deschamps’ men were assured of their qualification for the round of 16, they still had to validate their first place. And only a victory guaranteed them to keep pole. But well helped by the Mannschaft, forced to draw (2-2) by Hungary, France was able to be satisfied with this draw against Cristiano Ronaldo and others. And continue his beautiful series.
Since the 2014 World Cup, Didier Deschamps’ first competition in the coach’s costume, the Blues have indeed systematically finished at the top of their group during this group stage. France is the only nation to be able to take advantage of such a sequence. Only three other selections can also boast of having passed the pitfall of this group stage at the Euro as at the World Cup: Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
This consistency has earned Didier Deschamps an impressive record. In four major tournaments, the record of the former French coach stands at 15 wins, 5 draws and 2 defeats. Another observation, Didier Deschamps is involved in six of the first nine places of the France team in its history: in 1996 and 1998 as a player and therefore in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 as a select. The other three times the Blues have finished at the top of their group are 1958, 1984 and 2004.
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