They came to Europe as the unshakable favorites of sovereign world champions and continental European champions, but they let EP get eliminated in the first round of the knockout round, embarrassed and quarreled fiercely on and off the court.
The embarrassing situation of the French team against Switzerland in the eighth final of the European Cup with a two-goal advantage ten minutes before the end of the regular season showed that the result on the field was caused by the desperate relationship between the two sides. The arrogance and rudeness, authority and wrong decisions of the players, some of them, have been reported by the French media since the EP.
One of the best proofs is the incredible behavior of Kingsley Coman. Bayern winger Deschamps led the Swiss team 1-0 at the end of the half, instead of desperate goalkeeper Clement Lenglet (Clement Lenglet) introducing the Swiss team in order to start the turnaround with a more offensive lineup.
However, the vulnerable Koeman injured his right leg muscle shortly after the start of the second round. Deschamps saw this and asked him to withdraw from the game he entered a few minutes ago, but Koeman refused and argued with the coach along the way, which was noticed by everyone watching the game.
While Deschamps and Koeman were arguing, France tied the score at 3:1 in the second half, and then in the last ten minutes, they lost their advantage 3:3.
“Deschamps tried to replace injured players before the first overtime and during the break between the first overtime without success,” the team wrote, revealing that the coach yelled to Koeman during the last break: “But Kingsley, you won’t play anymore!”
However, after that, Koeman remained in the game, and he barely played until the 111th minute. So after Deschamps even tried to replace him for an hour without success. Specifically, Koeman has always refused the coach’s order to leave.
L’Equipe added that Koeman did this for two reasons. One is that he wants to get rid of the image of a player who is always injured, and the other is Deschamps’ outrage of putting Corentino Toliso on the first team. Koeman asked him why he made this decision, and the coach replied that it was because Toliso’s defense was better.