“I think Deschamps knows that he made that mistake.”
Jose Mourinho has questioned Didier Deschamps’ decision to replace Antoine Griezmann with Moussa Sissoko against Switzerland.
Mourinho was surprised to see Griezmann taken off for Sissoko as France looked to hang on to their 3-2 lead over Switzerland.
The outcome of the Round of 16 clash has been discussed at length, as the Swiss scored a late equaliser in normal time before upsetting the world champions in the subsequent penalty shootout.
Mourinho has given his take on the match and insisted that Deschamps likely regrets his decision to take off Griezmann.
“They had fun too early,” Mourinho said of France while speaking to talkSPORT.
“They had fun too early.” 🇫🇷
“Deschamps made one mistake that I have been thinking about many, many times.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 29, 2021
Jose Mourinho reflects on France elimination
“They were playing fantastically. The way they changed the result was amazing. [Karim] Benzema’s first goal was incredible and [Paul] Pogba for the third goal, top! But then I think they had a little bit of fun.
“I also believe that Deschamps made one mistake and I think about it many, many times. When you are in a game where there is the possibility of extra time, you have to be very careful with the changes you make.
“When you make a change in the 89th minute and you take off one of your best players, who was playing amazingly well. When you make that change – Griezmann for Sissoko… If this is a points game without extra time, that’s OK. But when there is the prospect of extra time, that’s a big gamble.
“You make that change and then they equalise in minute 91 or 92 and you go to extra time. Then you want to shoot yourself because you’ve left Griezmann out of extra time.
“Then in extra time, you also have the unlucky situation that you can’t control of Benzema getting injured and you lose your two top attacking players.
“And then in extra time, you never felt that France could win it because they didn’t have the power to do it.
“I think Deschamps knows that he made that mistake, which is something that can happen to every one of us but experience helps us. I think when you have the possibility of extra time, you don’t take off one of your best players.”