French star calls his Euro a 'failure' following France's exit

Spain v France: Semi-Final - UEFA EURO 2024
Spain v France: Semi-Final - UEFA EURO 2024 / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

France were knocked out of Euro 2024 following a 2-1 defeat to France. Kylian Mbappe was quite candid about his own performance, calling his tournament a "failure."

"My competition? It was difficult," Mbappe said. "It was a failure. We had the ambition to be European champions; I had the ambition to be European champions. We aren't that, so it's a failure.

"It's football. We have to move on. It's been a long year. I'm going to go on holiday and get some rest. That'll do me a lot of good, and I'll try to come back strongly."

By his own standards and the standards many have come to expect from Mbappe, it was indeed a disappointing tournament for the French star.

He finished Euro 2024 with only one goal, via a penalty. He did provide the assist to Kolo Muani for France's opening goal against France but other than that, was largely silent. He had an opportunity to equalize late in the game but ended up skying his shot over the crossbar.

Kylian Mbappe
Spain v France: Semi-Final - UEFA EURO 2024 / Stefan Matzke - sampics/GettyImages

To Mbappe's defense, he was a bit hindered after he suffered a broken nose in France's opening match against Austria. It forced him to miss the Netherlands match and when he did come back, he had to wear a mask. Something Mbappe admitted he wasn't comfortable with.

He did play without the mask against Spain but, again, was rather ineffective aside from the assist.

"Wearing a mask was not easy for him, it restricted his vision and was an inconvenience," Didier Deschamps said. "There was a medical consultation with the staff and Kylian felt more at ease without the mask."

Mbappe caused Jesus Navas all sorts of trouble but failed to do so after the opening 15 minutes or so. Credit to Spain for shoring things up but France should have been able to cause Spain more issues down that flank.

Despite a disappointing end for Mbappe with France, things aren't all bad for the 25-year-old.


His new club, Real Madrid, announced that Mbappe's presentation will take place on July 16 at the Santiago Bernabeu.