France Is So Good Right Now Even Its Manager Could Start For The U.S.

Didier Deschamps looks like he can still play after training with his France team.

Didier Deschamps was a pretty good player in his days. He won a World Cup with France in 1998, won Champions League titles with both Marseille and Juventus and also appeared for Chelsea and Valencia in a lengthy, trophy laden career.

The former defensive midfielder has turned to coaching, having led Monaco, Juventus and Marseille before taking over the French national team in 2012. But the 49-year-old looks like he could still play — and might just be better than anyone currently on the USMNT

Les Bleus, coming off a World Cup trophy over the summer, rallied for two late goals to draw 2-2 with Iceland in a heated friendly on Thursday, which nearly included a brawl. Now preparing for a UEFA Nations League match against Germany on Tuesday, Deschamps put on cleats and joined his team in training.

Deschamps showed why he was such a brilliant defensive midfielder, immediately dispossessing Time magazine cover boy Kylian Mbappé while dumping him to the ground. He could’ve done better to close down on attackers a couple times, but his distribution was excellent, including a clever flick over his defender’s head. 

The U.S. could definitely use a player of his caliber. While the likes of Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Kellyn Acosta are the future of the USMNT midfield, there was a huge generational gap of midfield talent, which in part led to the U.S. failing to qualify for the World Cup that Deschamps won. There's a reason Michael Bradley has lasted as long as he has with the USMNT. 

He may be 49, but Didier Deschamps probably wouldn’t have lost to Trinidad and Tobago. 

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