Didier Deschamps insists that France’s top players can no longer ‘make mistakes’ under his stewardship.
The former Chelsea midfielder has taken over from Laurent Blanc as manager of the national side, with the ex-Manchester United centre back stepping down from his post following a quarter-final exit at Euro 2012.
Reports of rifts within the camp and a verbal bust-up between players and the national press didn’t help his cause, and Deschamps knows he needs to resolve things off the pitch as well as on it.
"I'm something of a perfectionist. I'm not here to threaten people or what have you, I am trusting, but today the situation in French football is such that the players can no longer make mistakes," Deschamps told the watching media.
"Given the history that dates back to 2010, professional football players who wear the team jersey of France have very important duties.
“Today, players cannot afford the slightest deviation. I will not analyse what happened in Ukraine. I will take time to reflect, to have a deep think as I always do, while awaiting the decision of the Disciplinary Committee.”
In 2010, a player revolt overshadowed the efforts of Les Bleus at the World Cup, with Raymond Domenech public enemy number one in the eyes of the players.
Whilst Blanc appeared to have much more respect within the camp, he was unable to stop the problems, and the former Marseille star-turned-manager will need to get things straight for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
"You know how I see my job. What matters to me is to fight to win, to do everything to win. To get there, I want to see a team who take control, who impose themselves on the opponents," he concluded.
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