Euro 2016

Deschamps says Les Bleus must attack

2016-07-06 15:59
Didier Deschamps (AP Phot0)

Marseille - France coach Didier Deschamps has called on Les Bleus to make history by ending a 58-year wait to beat Germany and book their spot in the Euro 2016 final.

"We can't change past history, but we've got our own page to write," Deschamps said in Marseille on Wednesday.

"It's the players who have to write this page because for the moment it's blank. We're facing the best team in the world, but the lads have to believe and we want the fans to believe in us too."

France play Germany on Thursday seeking a first win at a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden when Les Bleus won 6-3.

The will play the winners of Wednesday's match between Portugal and Wales in Sunday's final.

World Cup holders Germany, who have beaten France three times since then in World Cup matches, booked their place in the last four in a dramatic, 18-kick penalty shootout with Italy.

The game finished 1-1 after extra time. It was the first time in the tournament that German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has conceded a goal in the tournament.

Deschamps was unequivocal that Neuer will have to be beaten more to get past Joachim Loew's side.

"We need to score goals. This is a team that doesn't concede a lot of goals," said Deschamps, who saw his side book their last four spot with an impressive 5-2 win over England's conquerors Iceland.

"Germany take command of their games and they dominate possession but we can't go into this match thinking we're going to defend then hit on the counter-attack," added Deschamps.

"With all the respect we have for Germany, we have a great chance and we're going to take it with both hands."

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