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France Coach Hits Back At Mourinho's Euro 2020 Claim

France coach Didier Deschamps issued a funny response to Jose Mourinho's claim that the world champions are favourites for the UEFA European Championship.

Read: Wenger Names His 'Super-Favourite' For Euro 2020

Many have tipped two-time FIFA World Cup winners France to lift the European trophy for the third time in their history due to the star quality in their squad.

Mourinho claimed recently that it would be an unsuccessful tournament for Les Blues if they were unable to win the title.

"I cannot see any weakness. If I had to say one team to win it, I will say them – because the group of players is fantastic," he wrote in a column for The Sun.

"They have to win it. If not, it is an unsuccessful Euros."

Deschamps was quick to respond to the Portuguese tactician's remarks ahead of his side's friendly against Bulgaria on Tuesday.

"Jose... I thought the same thing about his Tottenham team, it did not go as planned (laughs)," the French coach said when asked what he thought of Mourinho's comment, as per the Daily Mirror.

"Automatically, with the status of world champions, we are favourites, with three more years of experience. I have a very important offensive potential. But it's not just that.

"You talk about balance but I don't disconnect them from our midfield too. We will do everything to have the ball as much as possible but there will be times when we will not have the ball.

"It is not a pressure, it is a reality, we will not run away from the debate: France is one of the favourites for this Euro."

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