Deschamps salutes 'great' French performance

2018-06-30 19:19
Didier Deschamps (Getty)

Kazan - Coach Didier Deschamps said France had responded to their critics with a "great" performance to reach the quarter-finals of the Soccer World Cup with a 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday. 

France struggled to convince during the group stage of the tournament in Russia and Deschamps said he was happy they had finally lived up to expectations. 

"We had to respond (to the critics) and we responded well," he said. "Criticism is always there. But there is truth on the pitch and (the response) came through a strong and quality performance which we delivered tonight. We made Argentina suffer." 

"It was a great fixture and a great match," he told TF1. "There were mistakes, obviously. We started badly at 2-1 down but we knew what we needed to do. We could have kept things a bit simpler near the end of the game, though. 

"There was a lot of emotion. I am happy for the players who went out to get this qualification for the quarter-finals. 

"As I told them before the game, we have been preparing for months, for weeks to play matches like that."

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