Jubilant France players storm into Didier Deschamps’ press conference and drench him in champagne

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 July 2018, 09:02

When Didier Deschamps lifted the 2018 World Cup he added his name to an elite group.

The Frenchman’s success as manager of the French national team, who beat Croatia 4-2 in a pulsating Final, meant that he became only the third man to lift the famous golden trophy as both a boss and a player, having previously captained Les Bleus to glory 20 years ago on home soil.

Deschamps therefore joins Brazilian Mario Zagallo and German Franz Beckenbauer as the only three men to accomplish this remarkable feat.

As a player Zagallo won the World Cup on not one but two occasions, in 1958 and 1962, while he went on to lead Brazil to glory when in charge back in the 1970 edition.

Franz Beckenbauer captained West Germany at the 1974 World Cup, which ended in a 2-1 victory over rivals Netherlands, then 16 years later he triumphed as manager, this time after a 1-0 victory against Argentina.

"For 55 days, we have done a lot of work. We are proud to be French, to be Bleus,” said Deschamps in the aftermath of Sunday’s Final.

"The group worked so hard and we had some tough moments along the way. It hurt so much to lose the European Championship two years ago, but it made us learn too."

Here’s the moment France players stormed into Deschamps’ press conference, where they soaked him in champagne and chanted his name in jubilation.

Meanwhile, the defeated Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic can look back on a simply superb tournament, with his side enjoying a multitude of memorable moments, while they were the smallest to country to feature in the Final in a whopping 68 years.

"Over the past two months we have worked very hard. It was beautiful to work with the lads and I am very happy with the time we have had together,” said Dalic.

"I will take a breather. I never take a decision overnight. At this moment I am not thinking about anything other than going safely back to Croatia and taking a rest."


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