France coach Didier Deschamps was pleased with his team’s commitment to a 1-0 victory over Germany at Euro 2020 on Tuesday but said the world champions should maintain a better hold for the rest of the football tournament.
Mats Hummels’ own goal in the 20th minute helped France hand a slow-looking Germany their first defeat at Euro. Statistics showed France had possession of just over 40% and only four attempts on target, but Deschamps said they are more clinical than Joachim Low’s team.
“We played a great match against a very good opponent. I knew my players would be ready and we were ready for the battle,” said Deschamps to UEFA official website. “They had more possession of the ball than us. We defended very well. It was a match played at a very high level, with two Titans in front.”
“We could have done things better, especially in possession of the ball, and given the attitude of showing this dominance, suffering altogether, when we showed this commitment against a very strong German team on the field today.”
France midfielder Paul Pogba accused Antonio Rudiger of “nibbling” his shoulder during the game, but said he was not looking for the German defender to face a penalty. The two players clashed at the end of the first half, with Rudiger being caught on camera, who approached Pogba’s back with his face before touching his arms around the Frenchman’s chest.
“I don’t cry for books, yellow cards, red cards because of this kind of antics,” Pogba said. “I think he gave me a little nibble. But we have known each other for a long time. I told the referee and he makes the decision and he made the decision. It is over. It was a great match for us… and we didn’t want to be suspended because of such a situation. It was towards the end of the match. We hugged each other and that’s it.”