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Deschamps regrets France´s lack of efficiency in goalless draw

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 21 Jun 2024

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Didier Deschamps bemoaned France’s lack of a clinical edge as they played out a 0-0 draw with the Netherlands on Friday.

Les Bleus, without talisman Kylian Mbappe due to a broken nose he suffered against Austria in their opener, struggled in front of goal, managing only three shots on target out of their 15.

Xavi Simons thought he had broken the deadlock in the 69th minute, only to have it chalked off due to Denzel Dumfries impeding Mike Maignan from an offside position.

After a wasteful performance in the final third, Deschamps was not willing to speculate if the situation would have been different if Mbappe played.

“The only regret is the efficiency,” Deschamps told M6. “It was a match with great intensity, a Dutch team more cautious than usual.

“Compared to the opponent, we had no less 36 hours less recovery. We responded on an athletic level despite everything we did everything we had to do to recover as much as possible but hey…”

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