The day after France’s defeat in the World Cup final against Argentina, TF1 rebroadcast an extract from half-time extra time in which Didier Deschamps wins over Marcus Thuram. A rather rare anger in the coach for the blues.
Between Didier Deschamps and Marcus Thuram, the relationship is necessarily a bit special. The Blues coach knows the Borussia Mönchengladbach player well, whom he watched growing up, the son of Lilian Thuram, his former selection partner. And on Sunday, at the break of the extension of the World Cup final against Argentina, the 25-year-old player received a very big blow from “DD”.
In pictures released by TF1, Didier Deschamps is seen having a very heated discussion with the striker, obviously repeating instructions to him that have not been passed so far. The former Guingamp player came on in the 41st minute in place of Olivier Giroud as France trailed 2-0.
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Stephan tries to calm the situation
In this spat, Didier Deschamps initially appeared to refuse dialogue, even making a gesture with his arm before losing his temper at Marcus Thuram. Guy Stephan, the technician’s faithful assistant, intervened between the two men, as if to calm the situation.
Amorphous in the first period, the Blues began to wake up after the 70th minute and managed to grab extra time thanks to two first goals from Kylian Mbappé. But France again began to suffer Argentina’s dominance in the first 15 minutes of extra time. The decision was finally played on penalties after a performance by Lionel Messi (109th) and an equalizer from the penalty spot by Mbappé (118th).
With a contract that ends on December 31, Didier Deschamps must now decide the rest of his adventure after this lost World Cup final. For his part, according to the German press, Marcus Thuram should not extend with Borussia Mönchengladbach, his contract expires in June 2023. Several clubs are already looking in Europe for a player who has 9 caps with the French team.