France winger Franck Ribery has underlined his respect for Spain ahead of his country`s World Cup qualifier against the world and European champions on Tuesday.
The Bayern Munich winger is confident that his side can pose a threat to La Roja, but accepts that Vicente del Bosque`s men are the best international side at the moment.
"We are preparing for this match as we should, and we’re looking forward to getting there," he was quoted as saying in an interview.
"It will be a tough match. We’ll have to be strong, defend well and to play our game when we get the ball. There’s not need to lie. I think they are the best team in the world right now."
Meanwhile, France boss Didier Deschamps warned his side that they must put in a much-improved performance in the final third against Spain after crashing to a 1-0 loss to Japan on Friday.
"I don’t think we`ll have the same chances we did against Japan. Efficiency in front of goal will have a considerable bearing on the match," he commented.
France and Spain are currently joint top of 2014 World Cup qualification Group I, with both sides boasting six points from their opening two games.
First Published: Monday, October 15, 2012, 09:47