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Didier Deschamps Quotes, a complete collection

Sun 17 October 2021 | 14:30

A look at the greatest Didier Deschamps quotes including his comments on football and the biggest stars of the game.

Didier Deschamps is a French manager and former professional footballer. As a player, He was a world class defending midfield who played for some of the best European clubs including Marseille and

Juventus

. He was a key member of the Marseille side which won the 1992-93 Champions League. He also had a very successful international career with France and captained the Blues to the 1998 World Cup title.

Deschamps

has had a very successful managerial career as well. He was the manager of the Juventus side which won the 2006-07 Serie B title. He has been working as the France national team coach since 2012. He guided his team to the final of the 2016 European Championships and the 2018 World Cup title, and won the latter. In doing so, Deschamps became only the third figure in the history of the game after Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagalo to win the World Cup both as a player and a manager. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Didier Deschamps quotes

Best Collection of Didier Deschamps quotes

We present football fans with the Best collection of Didier Deschamps quotes which includes his comments about his personality and career as well as his comments on other football stars.

Didier Deschamps quotes about his personal life

Didier Deschamps was born into a family of football fans from Bayonne, France. He started playing football at his hometown club, Bayonne when he was 7 years old. He later moved to Nantes before starting his professional career with the club's senior team in 1985. He was also a rugby fan and played the game during his childhood years. 

Deschamps is a true family person and has a close relationship with his siblings and parents. He has been in a relationship with his current wife, Claude Antoinette since 1989. The couple have one children together. It is certainly interesting to know more about Didier Deschamps quotes on his own childhood, personality and private life.

On His childhood and family

My mother-in-law had spoken to me about this long before. She wanted me to be a World Champion, but she left us too soon. It’s a force from above. Even though I don’t want to come across as spiritual or religious.

Right before Euro 2016, I also lost my brother-in-law who was a football fanatic. Life takes people away from us, but it gives us unexpected forms of strength.

I am demanding with myself and my partner. I still accept the reproaches. Sometimes I team up with my son. I’m a little more accommodating but when I play I always feel the need to make sure I win, he shares with honesty. Losing annoys me. Good thing, he’s a bit like me. We always tend to let the children win. Me never. It was tough for Dylan. (From Deschamps interview with Parisians)

On his hobbies and preferences

I am not a very good dancer.

I managed to sleep, even in the worst of situations. I forget it and sleep. I didn’t even have to take any medication to sleep. I managed without biting my nails, even though I’ve been doing it for 45 years. I should have been stressed, but I wasn’t.

On his personality, Beliefs and objectives

The biggest victories can lead to the greatest foolishness.

I don't think you just become a leader. You can't wake up one morning and say, 'Right, now I'm going to be a leader.' I think it is something that's in you that you're born with, and which develops. Some people have that character, that personality and it comes naturally. You can't force it. It has to be authentic and natural. Innate.

I've always hated to lose and I continue to hate it. But I've been obliged to accept it because I also have had some crushing defeats.

When there are hard times, the trend is to question yourself and to dig deep but when things go well you shouldn't relax and think things come easy or you need to put in less effort.

You have to live in your times.

While there is life, there is hope.

We can't really look back and see what is in the rear-view mirror. This is not how you are going to move forward.

In tough times, that's when you see true colours and personality.

It is always good to be careful or vigilant.

The key thing is knowing how to adapt. Adapting to the group that you have at your disposal; adapting to the place where you're working; adapting to the local environment. This is crucial: adaptability.

Quality has no age.

History is in the past and tomorrow we will try and write a new page. Nobody knows what will happen in the future.

You always learn, especially in failure.

Sometimes it doesn't take much to slip back into bad habits.

We can't hide from the truth.

Being prudent does not mean being fearful.

Didier Deschamps quotes about football, his playing style and his philosophy of the game

Didier Deschamps was one of the best defensive midfielders of his generation. He was mostly known for his incredible work rate, leadership ability, Tactical awareness and interceptions. As a player, He was a key member of the France national team and many big European clubs. As a manager he has won shown his strong personality in many key moments of his amazing career. The followings are the

top quotes by Didier Deschamps

about football, his own playing style and his philosophy of football as a manager.

On football

There is no worse situation to enter competition than losing the home opener.

People always want the same thing: to carry on winning.

When you go to a club abroad and play against one from your own country, you are part of the enemy.

Football is my passion.

That's what international football is all about - be able to bounce after a bad performance.

All are welcome in sport.

Those friendly games are not pointless. They enable us to go forward.

Continuity is very important for national teams.

Sport is a way of uniting people. Sport represents a union of diversity.

It is up to the players and their advisers to see what is best for the player.

Goal-line technology is a good thing. The ref gets the signal and can decide based on that.

Managing players is harder these days because of the arrival of new technology. They are all using it in their spare time so they become more isolated and selfish. They share less, they talk less. They have apps, their phones and the Internet but they are less used to talking to people.

Nowadays you never see players playing cards. We used to sit around playing cards together all the time. But I can't fight that, I have to adapt and change.

It happens to attackers that they have a longer or shorter period where they are not always efficient.

To build experience, you have to play.

Brazil is the land of football. They have a lot of passion. Brazil remains a reference to the sport.

We often compare footballers with players of the past.

It's quite easy in football when you can bang it into the top corner.

There are always crucial, decisive players in every side who make the difference and do not necessarily depend on others.

All the great teams need a real top striker in order to win in Europe.

Talent is not sufficient. You need the psychological and mental aspects. Any team is then able to climb mountains, sometimes I can be hard very hard with them but I do it for them and even though they are young they usually do listen.

On his playing style

Players like me, we did something of a thankless job. You don't show a hard tackle or stripping someone of possession in slow motion on the big screen. But if you add it all up, I was always the one that the coaches wrote down automatically on the lineup card.

Look, I was a water carrier, I don't reject my image. I didn't have the pretension to think that I could change a match by myself.

For me, I always considered that a group is above everything else.

On his philosophy of football and managerial style

What interests me principally are points.

To score three goals and not concede any is always interesting for a coach.

My players need to have the feeling that they've pushed themselves to their limits.

We can always play better.

There are a lot of things you can practise to unsettle teams that defend deep.

Each member of the team must feel important - everyone must make my life and choices difficult.

At the highest level, if you don't have a solid defensive base, you can't get by. In one match, yes. But over a whole competition? No.

In football, you don't hold on to the ball just to hold on to the ball. When you have it you need to be dangerous, create opportunities and score goals. And when you don't, you make sure the opposition doesn't.

For me, the goal is to make the most of each player, play them in the position they feel best in. And then repeat, repeat, repeat.

Creativity is making a good pass at the right time... but it can also come from deeper, there should always be a balance.

It's not just about the words you use, but the way you use them, and the message that puts over. Also your face too and the way you project your message. If you're telling the group to stay calm, be good, and you have beads of sweat dripping down your forehead, you're in trouble.

What's important is you mustn't focus too early and try to play the game before it actually begins.

Playing an ultra-defensive side is very difficult.

We must not dive into tackles but force the opponent to run so that maybe they will crack late in the game.

Even when things are going well, there are always aspects that can be improved.

We must condition the players. They need to get into the right frame of mind in the hours leading up the game.

When you're a coach there's no age limit. It's the results that make you last.

Having fresh players is important.

Sometimes you need to encourage them sometimes even to comfort them, let them know I trust them. Sometimes you need to tell the truth, being more aggressive. That's management. I need to put the players in the best possible conditions.

One of the main tasks of a manager is psychology.

Either a player accepts competition or they say they absolutely need to play. For a player to have an open door, I have to have, at the same position, an element that is just as good or even better.

I always ask myself if a decision is in the team's best interest.

You need to have discussions and make sure you guide players towards the collective spirit. It can't be done overnight.

Open all the debates that you want, but I think that the players that I select, and in whom I have total confidence, deserve a minimum amount of respect.

Life as a coach is full of frustrations.

Didier Deschamps quotes on Messi and Ronaldo

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is between

Lionel Messi

and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Deschamps never played alongside or against Ronaldo and Messi as he retired from football a few years before their emergence. He has faced them many times as a manager, the most memorable of those were the Euro 2016 final which they lost against Portugal, and the 2018 World Cup quarter final which they won against Argentina. He has praised both Messi and

Ronaldo

in his interviews. Here are

Didier Deschamps quotes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

.

There is no better lawyer than Cristiano Ronaldo.

When you play Argentina and Messi, there are several ways to limit his impact, at least.

Messi plays in Spain, we know he makes a difference, but if you've played against him then maybe you're aware of situations that can repeat on the pitch. But Messi is Messi, with his talent, he may send a spark with very little and make the difference. He is unpredictable.

Top quotes by Didier Deschamps about famous football players and teams

In this part of the article we present you with the top quotes by Didier Deschamps about other football great stars and teams, including his comments on Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba.

On N'Golo Kante

He might not be very tall, but he's very useful. Kante wins balls, has great transition play, can be found everywhere, and always has solutions.

On Lassana Diarra

Nothing is impossible. Lassana Diarra did not play for France for five years and then returned.

On Kylian Mbappe

Kylian is able to do extraordinary things. Look at his stats. He is efficient.

There are a lot of Kylians, but only one

Kylian Mbappe

.

I wish Kylian to have the same career as Thierry Henry.

On Thierry Henry

It's bizarre because he's French and will be on the opponent's bench, but he is someone I really appreciate, I'm happy for him.

On Karim Benzema

Benzema is a team player, he is very important for us. He always wants to score with us, but scoring is not everything to him.

What is important is today and tomorrow. The fact that he did not come back before did not prevent the French team from having good results.

Things have changed. Me, and certainly Karim's side too, of course. I'm not going to tell you when, how, if it was possible before. The conditions were not met, they are today. If I made this decision, you can imagine that it was fine.

On Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

can do everything but he cannot do everything all alone.

Paul is a complete midfielder, He has that quality of passing, it's part of his game. You have to have the right movement. He has a fairly free role. He is not limited on the offensive aspect, his position can change, it depends on the placement and movement of other players.

On Antoine Griezmann

I didn't teach him anything. Since I've known him, I knew he could play in all offensive positions.

He beat a (starts) record. He is playing in consecutive games, wonderfully so for him. He may not be 20 anymore, but he takes very good care of himself.

You can see the influence he has with the goals he scores and assists he makes. Then add to that the capacity he has to change the game, while getting back and doing his defensive duties. He is one of the greatest players of all time, both in Europe and worldwide.

Best Didier Deschamps quotes about his club and international career

We wrap up our article on Didier Deschamps quotes with a collection of his sayings about his club and international career.

On his career as a player

With France National team

We arrived at the 2002 World Cup with two titles, very calm, well organised, maybe missing a bit of concentration. But the only truth is on the pitch. The dangers are there.

My past as a player is strongly linked to the red, white and blue France shirt.

For a player or coach, there is nothing better than the World Cup.

With Juventus

My departure from Juve remains a regret, a mistake that taught me one thing - never make an immediate decision, at the end of the season, when everyone is 'boiling.' I have paid for such an experience.

I believe in fate and the final is on May 26 - the same date Marseille beat Milan 11 years ago. It is my dream to become the first Frenchman to pick up the Champions League trophy.

On his career as the manager of France National team

For Euro 2016, we must remain humble, but we have the ambition to go as far as possible.

When you make your final list for the World Cup or European Championship you don't take the 23 best players, that is for sure.

You can always criticise people, the players are aware we can improve in a number of areas.

You can't win anything more special than a World Cup.

We want to be the best we can.

What I can say is that I feel very good as the national team coach. I really enjoy it.

It's hard to evolve when you only have fifteen days or three weeks to practice and correct and change tactics.

An invitation to the national team is not a declaration of love.

We do not do everything perfectly, but the intentions are there.

When things are tough, French athletes tend to pull out great performances.

With the support of all our fans, we have to be stronger than our opponents.

A 3-0 win in the World Cup, it's never easy.

To be in the France team means they have a number of duties and responsibilities.

I always make decisions for the good of the team of France.

I'm not immune to disciplinary problems and it's up to me to make strong choices. It's my responsibility.

The players are writing a beautiful page of the club's history and also of French football history.

I hope the players benefit from my experience but this is their final. It is something they have worked for and they will be able to enjoy it.

This is not about me, it's about everyone around me and the players, it's a young team who are on the top of the world. Some are champions at the age of 19, but my greatest source of pride is they had the right state of mind.

I'll say it again, to be 3-1 up in the 80th minute against Switzerland and see what happened afterwards... Solidity has always been our DNA. At 3-3, there is inevitably some nervousness but everything remains possible. I don't want to look for excuses. I know that I am the only one in charge.

When everything is going well, all is not rosy, and when things are going badly, all is not black either. Our elimination is linked to many elements. It is my responsibility. The initial tactical choice did not work. Making three changes is not a mistake, it is a choice. I know what got me to that point.

I may continue after 2022 with the agreement of my president, people have to want to keep me and for that you need results. I will do something else at some point, but I am thriving in this role of manager. I have a contract until December 2022, but today I am not thinking of becoming a club coach. I am very happy, all the conditions are met.

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