Les Bleues coach Herve Renard expressed regret on Tuesday for his angry reaction towards Brazil staff after his team’s narrow victory at the Women’s World Cup.
During the match at Brisbane’s Lang Park on Saturday, as Brazil was pushing for a late equalizer, Renard became frustrated in the technical area due to numerous stoppages that extended injury time.
Renard, gesturing towards his watch and shouting at the Brazil team, was held back by one of his staff members. He angrily dismissed a match official who tried to intervene.
“The only thing I know, I’m still a bit crazy like you have seen at the end of the game against Brazil,” he told reporters in Sydney on the eve of France’s Group F clash against Panama.
“I just would like to apologise about my behaviour at the end of the game.
“It’s not good behaviour and is not a good image for the French national team. So I apologise for this.”
France’s victory against Brazil has placed them at the top of the group, tied with Jamaica who is in second place, both teams having accumulated four points.
France is expected to maintain their top position and advance to the round of 16 by defeating Panama, who have yet to win a match and have conceded five goals without scoring any.
Renard mentioned that he would modify his initial lineup in order to rejuvenate the team, and hinted that captain Wendie Renard, who scored the decisive goal against Brazil, might be given a break.
“I will speak to her because sometimes some players would rather play than be on the bench to be ready,” he said.
“Sometimes it’s good for them to rest, sometimes it isn’t. It depends on the player.”