Didier Deschamps has revealed to Journal du Dimanche how France tweaked their tactics to overcome Uruguay and Belgian in Russia last summer to win the World Cup trophy.
Deschamps managed to beat the two nations before seeing his side slay Croatia in the final to enable him to win the world trophy both as a coach and as a player in his career. Deschamps was part f the team that lifted the trophy at home in 1998 the last time the Les Bleus put their hands on the trophy. The boss said he used the information that his players provided for him against the two nations which eventually worked magic.
“I knew – I had information from the players – that the Belgians thought they would really hurt us from set pieces. We changed one or two bits of positioning… The same going forward. The quality of Antoine (Griezmann) made the difference. Against Uruguay, we looked centrally where they place their three best headers of the ball. They would all fall back, even when the taker wasn’t yet striking." Deschamps explained.
"And at the moment that the taker delivered the ball, they would rush forward to attack the ball. We adapted. Our potential receivers of the ball from our free-kicks knew that Antoine would do a stuttering run-up, so they pushed forward to get more space. We attacked the zone in front of the penalty spot to cut the trajectory.” he added.