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Deschamps clamps down on bad behaviour

Didier Deschamps has already laid down the law as France’s new coach.

Deschamps stressed that national team players cannot afford any further indiscretions after inking a two-year deal with an option for two more seasons with the French Football Federation (FFF).

The 43-year-old was confirmed as Laurent Blanc’s replacement on Sunday, and made it clear that behaviour such as Samir Nasri’s at Euro 2012 will no longer be tolerated.

“If a player commits an indiscretion, it will be my role to decide whether he is selected or not. It’s not my intention to make any threats, but I demand certain things and behaviour. Players no longer have the right to make grave mistakes,” Deschamps said at a press conference.

“Aside from talent and abilities, I will define a clear framework based on two important aspects. The interests of the team and the morale of the group are key. All players must be fully aware of this.”

The former Marseille boss then looked ahead to the qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup, and stressed that he will throw in the towel if France don’t make it to Brazil.

“My job is complicated because we have been drawn with Spain. They will be the favourites as reigning champions,” he said.

“It’s to be expected that we’ll be in the play-offs, but we will do our utmost to qualify directly. If I cannot take France to the World Cup, I will quit my post.

“I am very attached to the France jersey. It’s the best thing that’s happened in my career. I have always thought of France. This desire is something that’s always been present for me.”

Les Bleus will have to deal with Spain, Belarus, Georgia and Finland in their World Cup qualification group.

Mon 9 July, 2012
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