Turkey Gave France A ‘Good Slap’ Says Les Bleus Boss Didier Deschamps

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MONACO, MONACO - FEBRUARY 18: Didier Dechamps, winner of the Laureus Team Award Award of the year speaks at the Winners Press Conference during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards on February 18, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Christian Alminana/Getty Images for Laureus)

Turkey beat France 2-0 at the Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadium on Saturday in the Euro 2020 Group H qualifier.

Les Blues conceded twice within a 10-minute span in the first-half with Kaan Ayhan opening the scoring and Cengiz Under doubling the lead.

The scoreline could have got a lot worse had Hugo Lloris not made key saves to prevent Burak Yilmaz from getting his name on the scoresheet. The striker could easily have had a hat-trick with the number of chances he had.

Turkey were so dominant that France failed to register a single shot on target – for the first time in 10 years.

France boss Didier Deschamps made no excuses for his side and was self-critical of the performance describing the defeat as taking a ‘slap’.

“When there is a collective performance like this, there is nothing to retain positive,” the 50-year-old told TF1 .

“We did not play our game against a team that played as they like, and we were not present.

“If we play with no intentions, even though we are world champions, this is what happens.

“We took a good slap tonight and we will analyse it. There is nothing else to say.

“Congratulations to Turkey and we should return to our basics.”

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Turkey are first in Group H after three games with nine points and have a chance to extend their lead further on Tuesday away to Iceland.

The Crescent-Stars have won all five games since Senol Gunes took charge, scoring 12 times and conceding just once.