France coach Didier Deschamps hit out at supporters, asking them to lower their expectations after Paul Pogba was whistled during a 3-1 friendly defeat of Italy.
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti opened the scoring after just eight minutes from the rebound from a Kylian Mbappe shot, before Antoine Griezmann added a second from the penalty spot following a foul on Lucas Hernandez by Rolando Mandragora. Italy managed to pull one back before the break through Leonardo Bonucci.
However, Ousmane Dembele put the game beyond Italy’s reach with a stunning goal in the 63rd minute. The Barcelona star found the back of the net with a sublime first-time shot into the top corner minutes after he had been denied by the post.
But despite the comfortable and impressive win, the French supporters did not refrain from giving Pogba a hostile send-off when the Manchester United star was substituted late in the game. The former Juventus midfielder had a quiet match unlike the front three of Griezmann, Dembele and Mbappe.
And the fans’ behaviour did not impress Deschamps at all.
“The whistles for Paul Pogba? It’s not just for him, at one point we kept the ball and they whistled too,” Deschamps told TF1. “It had already happened.
“The public also prefers to score five, six goals but it’s high level, there is a team in front of us. The players do the right thing.
“Are they affected or not, I do not know… I will not remember that, but if it maybe could not be the case, it would be better,” he added.
The convincing win pretty much showed that France are on the right track ahead of the World Cup. The Les Blues have one more warm-up game before the showpiece event in Russia and Deschamps feels the team is yet to finish the last stage of the preparation.
“The players demonstrated the state of mind that is needed. But we will not get over-excited. A last part of preparation awaits us.
“We must keep what this group has in terms of ambition and enthusiasm. We do not do everything perfectly, but the intentions are there.,” he said.