Didier Deschamps said France were “swimming in happiness” after his players interrupted his post-World Cup final press conference, dancing and showering their manager in drinks as they celebrated their 4-2 win over Croatia.
Deschamps then tried to compose himself to give his view on France’s second World Cup triumph – he was the captain of the team that won the trophy in 1998 by beating Brazil 3-0 in Paris.
“My story is linked to that of the players. I had the immense privilege and happiness to experience that as a player 20 years ago, and it was in France as well so it will remain with me forever.
“But what they have done today is just as big and just as beautiful,” said Deschamps.
“For the young kids today – I have a boy who is 22 – we were world champions but they were too young to understand it.
“But now the generation who are 10, 15 or 20 years old, to have experienced this, have this happiness… We will really realise in the days to come, what they have done.” The coach knows what the future will be like for this generation of World Cup winners, who will go down in history like the team of Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane two decades ago.
“There are two things that matter — one is that these 23 players are now together for life, whatever happens, and also that from now on they will not be the same again, because they are world champions.
“To be champions of the world as professional footballers, there is nothing better.”