Defeats are always experienced as failures. That of the French women’s team beaten at the gates of the Euro football final by the Germans (2-1), is one in the eyes of the coach, Corinne Deacon: “We cannot say that it is a successful Euro. The final victory was our ambition, we cannot be satisfied with losing. “
But some setbacks can be used for the future. This is the case of the Bleues, who leave England after having finally played the last four continental games, which had never happened to them. “ Not everything is to be thrown away. We have built things, there is a solid foundation. We still need some time “also supported Corinne Deacon.
This finally broken glass ceiling has a “back to it” flavor for the players and the coach. The maintenance of the latter until the 2023 World Cup, the one to whom the French Football Federation had asked to reach the semi-finals of this Euro, is no longer in doubt.
Some of the Nordic choices, introduced in 2017, were debated after a lackluster 2019 World Cup at home. His management was also criticized. Finally, he can boast of having been able to lead the Tricolor in this promising European campaign and of having contributed to bringing the French to the international summit. A look at Corinne Deacon’s role at the helm of the Bleues in four key moments.
The failure of the 2019 World Cup
Corinne Deacon was able to exploit the defeat in the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup against the United States (1-2). The disappointment experienced three years earlier at the Parc des Princes in Paris served as an encouraging basis, especially as the Americans had been crowned a few days later.
“We were disappointed at that time. But, looking back, we lost by one goal against the world champions, who were unplayable. And we weren’t ridiculous or overwhelmed. Sometimes we even drew the game.remembers Aline Riera, former international, close to Corinne Deacon.
“Up front it was not a small team, even if they had the means to beat them”, Sandrine Roux abounds. The former goalkeeper, who played Euro 1997 with Corinne Deacon, the first in the history of the Bleues, believes that this defeat allowed the coach to begin introspection. “After the failures come the observations and Corinne had this ability to observe the dysfunctions, first on herself, then on the players. She knows very well how to question herself and that’s what she did. “
The dismissal of executives
Corinne Deacon proved it during this Euro: no player – however indisputable – has the totem of immunity and is not sure to start the game. It erects the notion of” equilibrium ” as essential for any sporting success. “We don’t always take the best to find a balance at the team level”he explained in April.
He did not hesitate to part with Amandine Henry, midfielder and captain at the 2019 World Cup, or Eugénie Le Sommer, top scorer in activity, two players who play in Lyon, the most successful club in Europe. . The first had expressed the discomfort of the group at the 2019 World Cup in an interview with Canal + in November 2020, the date of his last selection, evoking “Girls crying in their room”.
To say that the technician had not tasted these statements is an understatement. “Before talking to the media, it would have been nice to talk to the person concerned. Sometimes it is good to wash your dirty clothes with your family.noted in October 2021. ” [Amandine Henry] paid for his publications in the press and in his book. It’s not an event because we found substitutes and they did the job quite well. “says Aline Riera today.
“If he had felt that their presence was important, he would have taken them. He doesn’t make sentimentality, but builds a team to be successful “remembers Marilyn Fort, historical leader of the Soyaux, Corinne Deacon’s only club.
The support of Noël Le Graët
The former defender and captain of France arrived on the Bleues bench with a lot of confidence. “We rolled out the red carpet for him. Everyone in the federation was delighted with his appointment and felt that he was the right person. “, recalls a former close friend of the group.
But the quarter-final lost at the 2019 World Cup against the Americans was below the goals set by the coach herself, who had advanced on an ambitious final.. “The federal cap was the semifinal. But the [Fédération française de football] he was so happy with the success of the Mondial, and the emulation aroused that he passed among the drops “declares this same old source close to the tricolor group.
The support of Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Association (FFF), has never been denied. “I have absolute faith in her. For me there is no doubt, she is the woman of the situation to continue to advance in the national team “he said in June 2019 in an interview with Parisianafter the elimination at the World Cup.
He had again intervened in support, in December 2020, in the heart of the “crisis” caused by Amandine Henry: “That Corinne is angry with Pierrette, Paulette … The important thing is that she wins”, He said.
Before the start of the Euro, the president of the FFF had already secured the coach’s contract “it will certainly be renewed at least until the World Cup”in July 2023. “When you have the confidence of your boss, you are much more relaxed to” show off “. Ask to [Didier] The fields [le sélectionneur des Bleus]it’s primordial “observes Sandrine Roux.
Corinne Deacon’s mandate was also marked by the addition of new blood. If the average age during this Euro was the same as in the 2019 World Cup (about 26 years), eight field players (who don’t play as goalkeepers) played their first finals in England. And some have been able to retire from the game.
“I really liked Clara Matéo with her speed, her technique and her vision of the game. She is always very loyal and very strong in the last step”, explores the former midfielder Louisa Necib on the nOh 10.
Elected best player against Holland in the quarter-finals and author of a notable entry against Germany, Selma Bacha is also part of the revelations. Just like striker Melvine Malard. “These young Lyons have international experience with the Champions League. They arrived with a certain maturity in the challenge, in the pressure., notes the international Gaëtane Thiney.
“There was a need for new blood. We don’t have to wait until the last moment to renew the workforcesays Sandrine Roux, under 23 goalkeeper coach. We still have young quality players who will go to the Under 20 World Cup in August and who will be able to enter Serie A in one or two years. “
A good omen before the 2023 World Cup. “We will grow and try to recover quickly. We have reached the semifinal; next time it will be the final “already warns defender Selma Bacha.