Jose Mourinho hit France after their exit from Euro 2020 in Switzerland saying they were celebrating the prospect of beating their opponents too soon after Paul Pogba’s goal.
The Blues withdrew from the penalty shootout against the Swiss after a thrilling 3-3 draw in regulation. Kylian Mbappe’s crucial kick was saved by goalkeeper Yann Sommer to send the 2018 World Cup winners home in the round of 16.
France led 1-0 at halftime, but a brace from Karim Benzema and an astonishing goal from Paul Pogba got them 3-1 – only for Switzerland to retaliate to score two late goals to send the match in an additional period.
Jose Mourinho claims France were too complacent about their Euro 2020 exit in Switzerland
TalkSPORT expert says French players danced too much after Paul Pogba’s 3-1 goal
Mourinho claims he “didn’t like” the reaction of the French players after Pogba’s brilliant strike from a distance to put them 3-1, with the Manchester United man opting to dance with Presnel Kimpembe after the goal.
The former Pogba coach told talkSPORT: “France can only blame themselves. They started the game badly against Switzerland, they recovered in a fantastic way, showing the immense talent they had.
“But when I saw the way they celebrated the third goal, I didn’t like it. I got the impression that these guys are already partying on the Eiffel Tower, dancing here, dancing there.
Pogba (left) danced with Presnel Kimpembe after giving Les Bleus a two-goal cushion in the tie
“I don’t know what dance they did, but they did a few different dances. Twenty minutes later, the game is not over.
Mourinho also criticized France manager Didier Deschamps for making negative substitutions as France tried to see the game.
When Haris Seferovic scored his second goal of the game to bring the score to 3-2 against France with just minutes left in stoppage time, Deschamps replaced Antoine Griezmann with midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Mario Gavranovic equalized a few minutes later.
Mourinho says “everything went wrong” for France and that Deschamps’s side may be the most disappointed of the three teams to qualify for the “Group of Death” that came out in the knockout first round.
France conceded two late goals against the Swiss before coming out after a penalty shootout
Didier Deschamps (right) was also criticized for kidnapping Antoine Griezmann (left) early
The Portuguese coach added: “The way they approached the last minutes of the game was not the best.
“They thought the game was over because they took Griezmann out when there was a risk of playing in extra time. Then they conceded two goals and it goes into overtime. Then Benzema is injured, then everything went wrong for them.
“France is the team (of the Group of death) who can blame themselves, Portugal and Germany, they lost against England and Belgium. This if in football you can lose against good teams.