France coach: Mbappe was suffering physically and there was no point in continuing against Portugal

Didier Deschamps, coach of the French national team, surprised France France fans react to captain Kylian Mbappe’s substitution after the first extra time against Portugal national team Yesterday in the quarter-finals Euro 2024But he justified that by saying that the player felt very physically exhausted.

France were not affected by Mbappe’s exit and the participation of his teammate Bradley Barcola, who performed brilliantly in the second extra time, and successfully executed the penalty kick, as did all his other teammates, to win 5-3 and reach the semi-finals of the 2024 European Championship and set up an anticipated summit against Spain.

“He was tired and it’s not easy,” Deschamps told reporters after being asked why Mbappe was substituted. “I saw him suffer physically in the first extra time and there’s no point in letting him continue on the pitch even if he’s good at taking penalties.”

“Kylian is always honest with me and the whole group. I think it’s normal to think about bringing in a player who is more fit,” the France coach added.

Mbappe, who joined Real Madrid in a blockbuster deal this summer, has been wearing a face shield during the tournament after suffering a broken nose in France’s opening Euro 2016 win over Austria three weeks ago. He is expected to undergo surgery after the tournament.

“It was a close and even match, and either team could have won, although we were the more dangerous towards the end of the match,” said the France coach, whose team drew 0-0 before resorting to penalties.

“The players did their best and things ended up in our favour in the end,” added Deschamps, who has been heavily criticised for his country’s poor performance in most matches.

During the four matches in the current tournament, France benefited from two own goals, in addition to one other goal scored by Mbappe from a penalty kick.

France started the tournament with an own goal win over Austria, then drew 0-0 with the Netherlands and 1-1 with Poland. In the round of 16, they won an own goal against Belgium, before drawing 0-0 with Portugal and winning on penalties in the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals will continue on Saturday, with England playing Switzerland and the Netherlands playing Turkey, with the winners qualifying for the other semi-final.

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