Deschamps backs ‘sorry’ Mbappe to bounce back

Kylian Mbappe will bounce back from missing the decisive penalty in France’s shootout loss to Switzerland on Monday, coach Didier Deschamps said.

Deschamps said the striker and the rest of the team would learn from their tournament disappointment.

“It will help everyone I think,” he told a news conference. “Kylian, even if he didn’t score a goal [at the Euros], he was decisive in many actions that we had, and he took responsibility to take this penalty.

“No one is really angry with him. I talked to our players, we know the strength of this team, we’ve had many magnificent moments together — today it really hurts, there’s lots of sadness.”

The 52-year-old coach dismissed suggestions that none of Mbappe’s teammates went to comfort him after his spot kick was saved.

“The whole group is united in the dressing room,” added Deschamps. “No one talks about ‘you made this mistake’ or ‘you made that mistake.’ Kylian knows his responsibility.”

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