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France football coach Deschamps defends approach towards penalty shoot-outs

France boss Didier Deschamps lashed at on Thursday at one of the country’s top football analysts over practice routines for penalty shoot-outs during major International tournaments.

Hubert Fournier, who heads the French football federation’s, national technical department last month called for more structure in the preparations for the sessions.

During an interview with the French broadcaster RMC Sport, Fournier suggested that Deschamps and other France national team coaches should organise scenarios which helped the players prepare for the intensity of the shoot-outs.

"He ought to offer them a range of exercises that will allow the players taking the kicks to gain more confidence," Fournier said.

But announcing his 23-man squad for the friendlies against Germany and Chile on 23 and 26 March respectively, Deschamps launched a six-minute tirade about Fournier's proposals.

"I find the comments inappropriate and I would even say disrespectful," said Deschamps. "It’s not just about me but about all coaches."

Fournier's suggestions come as Deschamps fine-tunes his team preparations for the European championships in June and July in Germany.

Defenders Benjamin Pavard and Aurélien Tchouaméni have been recalled. The duo missed the qualifying matches last November against Gibraltar and Greece due to injury.

They lie second in the Fifa rankings behind Argentina and ahead of England and Belgium.


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