Desailly had just moved to Stamford Bridge when Les Bleus won the 1998 World Cup, whilst Leboeuf had been with Chelsea for two years before the tournament. Desailly was a key member of the squad which lifted the trophy, whereas Leboeuf failed to get a look in until the final, where he replaced the suspended Laurent Blanc to man-mark Brazilian forward Ronaldo with impeccable precision.
The win was a memorable event for French football, and new Chelsea star Loic Remy is hoping to repeat the feat of silverware with the nation hosting Euro 2016 on home soil.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, the forward said: “It was a very good moment in my earliest football memories. I was only a boy then but I can’t forget that. I remember it being very good for the country.
“Now we are hosting the Euros and I think that will be great for the people in France and for the country as a whole. It’s a big competition and we are proud to be hosting the tournament.”
The squad were considered national heroes after their victory, and they went on to win the European Championship’s two years later, and Remy revealed how much inspiration he takes from the squad - especially the pair of Chelsea legends in their ranks.
He added: “Desailly was a defender who had a big impact for the national team.
“I think he is one of the best defenders to have ever played for France. He made so many appearances; he won the World Cup, the Euros.
“Leboeuf too was a good defender. I guess they are very good memories for them and if I can, I will try to have the same sensation and try to help my country win, in this case the Euros.
“These kinds of player are an example for me. They played in a big team, they were important players and I have to try to inspire myself from them.”
With France not having to qualify for the tournament as hosts, Remy and his international teammates face Portugal in a friendly on Saturday, before travelling to Armenia on Tuesday.