Deschamps Impressed by Zinedine Zidane’s Work at Real Madrid

France national team boss Didier Deschamps claims that he is not surprised by the success Zinedine Zidane has achieved since taking over at Real Madrid just over a year ago.

However, he is certainly surprised by the way the former French star has managed the club in this period. Regarded as one of the most political clubs, managing Madrid has to be a challenge even for the best in the business. Yet, Zidane has managed to win more trophies than the number of defeats that he has suffered at the club. Zidane has already won the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup.

After achieving incredible success as a player,it was clear that Zidane was being groomed to become a future Real Madrid manager. However, the time came in abrupt circumstances when Rafa Benitez was sacked midway through last season. Rather than look outside for a coach, Madrid adopted the philosophy of Barcelona and brought in Zidane is the replacement. It has been a great move by Florentino Perez, as it has yielded the club their 11 European cup amongst other trophies. more


Euro 2016 finalist France dominated the game when they played Belarus in the 2018 World Cup qualifier, but they couldn’t break the deadlock throughout the encounter.

fiddle at Arsenal. The Gunner missed chances that could have been converted for Les Blues.

Golden Boot winner at the Euro 2016, Antoine Griezmann didn’t rise up to the occasion. Football most expensive player Paul Pogba couldn’t make a difference as France failed to break a resolute Belarus in the game played in Borisov Arena. The Didier Deschamps-led team dominated the entire affair, but didn’t get the goal.

Giroud was closest but his header hit the goal post in the second half. Fans who are still struggling to come to terms with the loss of the continental title would have to wait longer. In the same group, Sweden settled to a draw when they faced Netherlands. Marcus Berg got the opener, but Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder equalised for Holland. Bulgaria and Luxembourg played a stunner with the game ending 4-3. more

Bruno Genesio reckons if his team manages a draw playing away at St. Etienne in the upcoming derby

Bruno Genesio reckons if his team manages a draw playing away at St. Etienne in the upcoming derby, it will not be a poor performance.

According to Genesio, St. Etienne is a very difficult team to contend with when they are playing in their home conditions and thus, a draw will be a decent outcome from Lyon’s perspective.

However, Genesio emphasized that a loss would be disastrous as it would destroy the momentum that Lyon has achieved of late.

Since Genesio has come to the hot seat, Lyon has put on some quality shows against tough oppositions,

They had managed to give even Paris Saint-Germain a run for their money the other day.

The manager wants the continuity of this positive run and rightly so, as this is now the time for Lyon to rise up in the standings.

Speaking prior to the game, Genesio said, “We don’t want to get beaten. We are required to maintain our positive run.”

“We are starting to get our act together and we will have to go in the upward direction in the standings.”

“However, I believe a draw won’t be too disappointing from our point of view considering we are up against an opponent which is highly strong playing on its home ground.” more

West Ham have made one of the best starts to a league campaign

West Ham have made one of the best starts to a league campaign and this has largely been down to the brilliance of Dimitri Payet.

The 28-year-old has made only a few appearances for France since his debut in 2010. However, he was hoping that his good form with West Ham might see him get back into the national team on a consistent basis. Returning to the international fold will especially be important for the 28-year-old given that the upcoming Euro 2016 will be held on home soil.Payet has been impressive in the opening six games of the league.

Manager Slaven Bilic has built the team aroundPayet with the French international supporters by the likes of Sakho and Victor Moses. There is a lot of competition within the national team, but the recent downturn in form was expected to help lesser-known players likePayet. After suffering defeats in back-to-back friendly matches in June, manager Didier Deschamps has been able to get on the form back on track with two victories over Portugal and Serbia in this month. Only friendlies await the team between now and Euro 2016. Hence, they are likely to be extremely important in terms of preparation. France face the likes of Denmark, Germany, and Armenia in the next few matches. more

Didier Deschamps midfielder Yohan Cabaye should consider a move away from Paris St Germain

France national team boss Didier Deschamps midfielder Yohan Cabaye should consider a move away from Paris St Germain if he is to feature regularly for the national team.

The former Newcastle United man made a £20 million switch to the French capital over a year ago. Prior to the move, he was one of the influential defensive midfielders for the national team. However, his place in the national team has come under national threat largely because of his lack of football at PSG. PSG manager Laurent Blanc has primarily preferred the duo ofVerratti andMatuidi.

Since PSG have been able to win a famous quadruple with these two players in the centre of the park, it is highly unlikely that Blanc will be changing the personnel anytime soon. Hence, the prospects ofCabaye featuring for the national team are diminishing fast according toDeschamps. He says that the 29-year-old should consider a swift exit in the summer. The Frenchman is at the age when he will be considered as an important aspect by many clubs. Once he hits the 30 mark,Cabaye will find it difficult to make a move toward top club. The midfielder has himself admitted that he would be open to the possibility of working with Alan Pardew, who is at Crystal Palace, once again. more


The French national team manager Didier Deschamps set for an extended stay in his role as the national team manager after it was revealed that the French Football Federation (FFF) are close to offering him a new contract that would take him until 2016. France recently qualified for the World Cup 2014 in extraordinary fashion after coming very close to being knocked out. They were involved in a play-off round against Ukraine, but they were defeated 1-0 in the first leg. Despite this disadvantage, France managed to make it into the finals after the spectacular 3-0 win in the second leg.

This helped them qualify 3-2 on aggregate, which meant that Deschamps’ stock has risen massively in the last few hours. He was brought in as the replacement for Laurent Blanc, whose team did not do well at the European championships. There was a danger of Deschamps leaving his role as the national team manager had France failed to make it into the finals. Now that they have done so, Deschamps will remain in charge until the Euro 2016. France last lifted the World Cup back in 1998, but they are not one of the favourites to do so this time around due to the presence of teams like Spain, Brazil and Italy.

“Didier Deschamps will remain until 2016, it was bound to happen. It was a perfect night and I have never seen such a fiery stadium. The players showed a lot of courage and desire. It is a feat. It could be the start of something for us,” said FFF chairman Noel Le Graet after qualification was sealed by France. It is expected that Le Graet will be meeting with the national team manager in the next few days in order to discuss extending the deal, which would be significant in France’s recovery.


The current French national team manager Didier Deschamps made his name with the French club Olympique Marseille before taking on the role as the national team manager. During his time at the French club, Deschamps once again managed to transform the fortunes of the club by helping them in the league title. He stayed at the club for two years before becoming the national team manager. After the exit of Deschamps, the club had to sell a number of players like Cesar Azpilicueta and Alou Diarra in order to compensate for the financial troubles. Despite this, the club is once again challenging for the title this season under the management of Baup.

The club president Vincent Labrune has said that he has nothing but respect for the former manager. Even though Deschamps had a lot of issues with the sporting director Jose Anigo during his time at the club, the period was one of the most successful because it ended with the league title a few years ago. The club are also challenging for the title this time around and they are just below the leaders Paris St Germain and Lyon on goal difference. Labrune has said that the exit of Deschamps was completely his decision and he respects it a lot.

“I am a pragmatic and I’m a fan of football. Didier is someone who gained a lot in French football. He allowed us to regain titles. I will not forget, and I will never discredit him for that. I have respect for him for what he did at OM in an environment which was not easy, because it is a big club. Returning to Didier, it was he who wished to leave. He was there for three years. It was his decision, I respected it,” said the club president Vincent Labrune.


The French national team manager Didier Deschamps has said that he is concerned about the fact that the captain of the national team, Hugo Lloris, is not a first-team regular at his current club Tottenham. The 25-year-old recently completed the switch from the French club Lyon to the Premier league club Tottenham for around £ 12 million. Despite this huge fee for the goalkeeper, the Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has categorically stated that he would not be dropping the current number one Brad Friedel due to the exceptional performances he has put in. The former Liverpool goalkeeper is coming to the end of his career at 41 years of age.

Brad Friedel was once again impressive in the match against Norwich, which appeared to back the claims made by Andre Villas-Boas that he has no reason to drop the American International. However, the French national team manager Didier Deschamps has said that Lloris faces an uncertain future in the national team if he does not play with his club team regularly. The 25-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe. Despite this, he has vast experience of playing both at club level and international level.

“This is not the case today. I’m not going to create a problem that I don’t have today. But if it happens, it deserves consideration. You all know the value of Hugo. I do not know what will happen but I hope everything will go well for him. I saw what Villas-Boas said. It surprised me. I hope it will go well for him,” said Didier Deschamps in a recent interview. Tottenham have made a poor start to the new season, but they have tried to make amends by winning the last two matches against Reading and QPR.


Former Chelsea midfielder and current Marseille manager Didier Deschamps has taken over as the next French national team manager from Laurent Blanc, who decided to step down from his position after not renewing his contract. The former Bordeaux manager whose contract was coming to an end after the Euro 2012 decided not to extend his contract with the national team, but instead choosing to go for a club team. He was linked with the vacant Tottenham managerial positions, which has now been filled by former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas. Didier Deschamps has said that he knows the importance of the work that needs to be done in order to make France competitive once again.

Despite having a very talented squad, the French were not able to get past the quarter-final stage of the Euro 2012, although it was still a much better finish to the campaign than in the previous two major tournaments. A lot of indiscipline and infighting within the squad has been the reasons for France not performing well at the international level. Didier Deschamps has said that his main priority will be to clean up the disciplinary problems within the squad. France will be hosting the Euro 2020.

“I’m something of a perfectionist. I’m not here to threaten people or what have you, I am trusting, but today the situation in French football is such that the players can no longer make mistakes. Given the history that dates back to 2010, professional football players who wear the team jersey of France have very important duties. Today, players cannot afford the slightest deviation. I will not analyse what happened in Ukraine. I will take time to reflect, to have a deep think as I always do, while awaiting the decision of the Disciplinary Committee,” said Deschamps at his announcement as the next national team manager.