Didier Deschamps and Kylian Mbappé during a training


for the Blues, September 4, 2020. -


Coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday refuted having "disrespected anyone", responding to the anger of PSG sporting director Leonardo after the announcement of Kylian Mbappé's positive test for Covid-19 during the rally with the Blues.

The test results arrived Monday evening while the France team, including Mbappé, was training at the Stade de France.

When the doctor of the Blues takes note of the test, "we avoid the most urgent, namely to isolate it from the rest of the group", while at the same time "we have ten tests which are pending and arrive at the count- drop, ”said Deschamps Tuesday after the victory against Croatia (4-2).

Not warned by the FFF for Mbappé, Leonardo shouts “lack of respect” via @ 20minutesSport https://t.co/5jSyoGmmd0

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The staff of the Blues would have liked to obtain confirmation from the laboratory before warning the club but, once the information was known, it was decided to quickly issue a press release, according to the coach.

“So that it does not go all over the place, that it is interpreted, we decided to issue a press release.

We were in a hurry.

I'm not looking for an excuse.

There was little doubt but we were supposed to wait for confirmation, ”insisted the boss of the Blues.

"We were taken aback"

According to him, “we had planned (to prevent PSG) but we were taken aback.

I am sorry for the leaders of PSG, but at no time can I consider that anyone has been disrespected ”.

Monday evening, the sporting director of PSG, a club already affected by six other contaminations among its professional workforce, was carried away against the French Football Federation (FFF).

"It is unacceptable to learn from the press that we have a player, our player, positive," Leonardo said on RMC.

They communicate and send the player home and now what do we do?

No one from the Federation called PSG.

Nobody contacted us, ”he complained.


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