France’s coach reveals plan to beat Spain in World Cup qualifier
Paris: France coach Didier Deschamps says that he intends for his team to force their own game upon Spain and go for a victory ahead of the nations` World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.
The last qualification encounter between the two countries in October 2012 resulted in a 1-1 draw, and the coach is confident his men will be able to pick up where they left off.
"We`ll have to use the ball well when in possession and force them to defend," the 44-year-old told reporters at the pre-match press conference.
"Then we will be in a scenario more or less similar to that of the first match in Madrid. It`s useless to struggle with this team for possession of the ball, but when we have it, we want to make the best of it."
Deschamps then said that les Bleus will approach the match with a winning mentality, and warned that too much respect could prevent his men from playing at their full potential.
"Every game I prepare as a coach, I prepare for victory," the former Olympique de Marseille boss continued.
"We had respect for them before the first match. Now let`s battle. Before the first match, it made sense that Spain had more certainty. However, we were able to handle them.
"After all, respect is not meant to intimidate or fear you. We must be able to assert our own forces.
The coach is also aware that Spain`s 1-1 draw against Finland last weekend could see the opponents going into the clash with added motivation.
He added: "It is true that they can feel more this obligation to win. But I think even with another result on Friday, they would have come with this intention.
"Today, there are two points between us, we will see what will happen tomorrow."
Deschamp`s team meet Spain on March 26 at the Stade de France in Paris.
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