French national boss Didier Deschamps has aimed a dig back in the direction of former Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese had praised the quality of the French squad and insisted that if they fail to win Euro 2020, they would have had an unsuccessful campaign (The Sun).
Deschamps has reacted to Mourinho’s claim by insisting that he thought similar about his time at Tottenham Hotspur, in which the 58-year-old ended up without any silverware after being sacked just a few days before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in April.
The French boss has played down any pressure which Les Blues may be under ahead of the tournament, but did admit his side are considered one of the favourites to win the competition.
France face Germany on June 15 in their first group match before taking on Portugal and Hungary.
Mourinho wasted no time in returning to football management after taking over at Roma, just 15 days following his dismissal from Spurs.
Deschamps told The Mirror: “José … I thought the same thing about his Tottenham team, it did not go as planned (laughs).
“Automatically, with the status of world champions, we are favourites, with three more years of experience. I have a very important offensive potential. But it’s not just that.
“You talk about balance but I don’t disconnect them from our midfield too. We will do everything to have the ball as much as possible but there will be times when we will not have the ball.
“It is not a pressure, it is a reality, we will not run away from the debate: France is one of the favourites for this Euro.”
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