When it came to his own team, however, Deschamps was sure that his group of players, who had clinched France's second World Cup in 20 years since their first win at their home tournament at France 98, were worthy champions.
Whilst Croatia might be the smallest nation to ever play in a (proper) World Cup Final in the modern era, support for Zlatko Dalic and his troops today could possibly be the biggest any nation has had.
"The French proved better in decisive moments although we practically let them score the first two goals too easily".
While Dalić agrees that he had to congratulate France for their title, he notes with nostalgia that his team played well.
It may not be the Champs Elysées, but Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal was swarming with red, white and blue Sunday afternoon as France poured in the goals and, finally, won the World Cup 4-2.
Deschamps said 14 of his players were World Cup newcomers but were ready to work towards a common goal and were mentally more mature than their age.
Mbappe is officially a World Cup victor at the age of 19 and wasn't a benchwarmer either, playing a crucial part in his nation's second ever win of the trophy.
But their golden run at Russian Federation 2018 ended at the final hurdle with a 4-2 loss to France at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. Organizers of the World Cup final viewing party said they'd counted more than 10,000 people there to watch.
Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos was both happy and sad for his club teammates.
Defence and counter-attack was the way to go and the French did it very effectively.
Pitana has already refereed four games during the World Cup.
"We are very sad now", said Zeljko, who was dressed in a Croatian soccer shirt.
He also said: "He's indisciplined and that's the kindest word I can say about him".