Didier Deschamps Says France Have No Excuse – French coach Didier Deschamps has revealed his immense disappointment after France’s loss to Portugal in the final of the UEFA EURO 2016.
The home side had been heavily touted as favorites for the trophy, with the trophy looking more and more likely after Cristiano Ronaldo left the field injured early in the game.
Portugal however held on, and a magnificent strike by Eder in the second half was enough to break the hearts of the home nation.
“There are no words, the disappointment is immense. It will take time to digest it,” he said to M6 and beIN Sports after the match.
“Even if we were missing a little bit of energy tonight, it’s not an excuse, we had opportunities, the last was Gignac. After that we continued, it was a very tight match and we had our chances even if the Portuguese had their own opportunities as well.
“They scored, unfortunately. It’s very disappointing, we can’t throw it all out but we missed a big chance here. Maybe not unique, but a very big chance to be champions of Europe.
“We won together, we suffered together and today we lost together. We know we’ve got the French excited, it would have been amazing to offer them this trophy at home, but unfortunately it’s not to be.”